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Ceballos opens up on return to his hometown: `people here see me as a neighbour`


Feb. 14, 2020

"Being here is an immense pride for me, since i started to grow as a footballer \here\ and also for the two years i was a youth player, where we did great things for the club," he told Marca." i made friends that i still have from this pitch.
"it`s always exciting returning to Utrera because it`s where i feel most at peace and most comfortable.
"Everyone knows me here; i walk down the street as if i was just another person, they don`t see me as a footballer, but just another neighbour. I`m very happy with how people treat me in my hometown.
"I have a lot of love for Betis and Real Madrid fans and they tell me to come back, but there are lot more Betis fans here. The social mass that Betis have here is bigger than any other club, so they stop me much more to tell me to come back to the \Estadio Benito\ Villamarin."
Utrera is a small town in the Spanish region of Andalusia, some 30 km from seville. Dani started his football education at Sevilla FC Academy but had to leave them and played for the youth team aof the local side CD Utrera.
At the age of 15, he moved to Real Betis, another club from seville, where he rose to the first team, earning a move to Real Madrid. Having failed to establish himself as a starter under Zinedine Zidane, Ceballos decided to join Arsenal on loan last summer.
After having an injury in November, the 23-year-old hopes to deliver at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta who has so far kept the midfielder benched most of the time.
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