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Arsenal: Ceballos inspired by former Gunners star Reyes

New Arsenal loan signing Dani Ceballos spoke to the father of José Antonio Reyes before moving to north London.

Ceballos inspired by former Arsenal star Reyes

Dani Ceballos has revealed that former Arsenal forward José Antonio Reyes was his "childhood idol" and he spoke to his father before moving to north London.

The Spain Under-21 star will spend the 2019-20 season on loan with the Gunners from Real Madrid, where he had been struggling for regular first-team football.

Ceballos always followed the Gunners because of Reyes, a member of the 'Invincibles' side of 2003-04, who was killed in a car accident in June.

Reyes father "told me not to think twice" about Arsenal move - Ceballos

Having asked Reyes' father for some advice ahead of the move, Ceballos is now relishing the prospect of playing for the same side as his boyhood hero.

"This is a historic club that I've always looked out for because of José Antonio Reyes, who is from the same town as me and played here," he told the club's website.

"He made history at this club, winning the league title, so it's an important step in my career for me to join Arsenal.

"I spoke to his father just before coming here and he told me not to think twice because this is a wonderful club. José had a fantastic time here. 

"When I came into the training ground I saw a picture of him and it really struck me because he's like my childhood idol. Being at the club where he made a name for himself is a big step forward and I hope to make this club even bigger."

Ceballos could get first Arsenal run-out this weekend

Ceballos will hope to make his first appearance for the club in the Emirates Cup match with Lyon on Sunday.