Lucas Torreira would like to return to Italy despite being treated well at Arsenal, according to the midfielder's agent.

The Uruguay international is in his second season with the Gunners having moved to the Premier League club from Sampdoria in July 2018 for a reported £26million fee.

Torreira made 50 appearances in all competition in his debut campaign, including starting in the Europa League final defeat to domestic rivals Chelsea in Baku.

The 24-year-old appeared set to miss the rest of the 2019-20 season after fracturing his ankle in a FA Cup tie with Portsmouth in early March, though the hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic means he will be fit to feature when the action resumes.

However, Pablo Bentancur - Torreira's representative - has revealed the player's desire to seal a move back to Serie A.

"He was a bit angry about some technical issues, but later recovered," Bentancur told TodoMercadoWeb.

"The injury came, though it was fortunately less serious than expected. Today he is fully recovered, I think he will be an important man in the next [transfer] market.

"I will have to talk to Arsenal. The player would like to return to Italy, but it must be admitted that in England they have treated him very well."

Gary Neville replied to Jurgen Klopp's good-natured jibe that the former Manchester United defender "has an opinion on everything" in an equally light-hearted manner.

Red Devils legend Neville has been particularly vocal during the coronavirus pandemic and cast doubt over the Premier League's 'Project Restart' plans to resume the top flight in June.

Klopp's table-topping Liverpool were leading Manchester City by 25 points prior to the enforced hiatus and the German was asked about life in lockdown during an interview with BBC Football Focus.

The amiable German could not help but deliver a cheeky jibe at Neville.

"I didn't learn a lot during lockdown except Gary Neville has an opinion on absolutely everything. It's incredible!" Klopp said with a laugh.

"So no, I didn't learn a lot but I have known myself for 52 years.

"I know I can deal with difficult situations before and this is a difficult situation not only for me and my family but for everybody on this planet. I am quite proud of how we as a society are dealing with it.  

"We as human beings are not perfect so we make mistakes but I think we have understood a lot more of how we are all connected to each other. That is something good."

Neville clearly saw the funny side and, after being tagged into a story carrying the comments, replied on Twitter to say: "Delighted he's been listening!!"

Klopp also spoke about his socially distant chance encounter with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

"Four-and-a-half years I lived in the town and never met him," Klopp added. "I knew where he lives, I live in the house he built and Brendan Rodgers bought and we rent but it had never happened.

"I saw him for sure, walking with his kids and missus. We always keep distant, yeah. But it was nice. I admired him as a player and met him as a guy here and he is a great guy so it was great to see him."

Gary Neville has admitted he may have been "a little bit crass" when claiming Carlos Tevez "downed tools" in the final months of the Argentinian's Manchester United career.

Former United defender Neville made the accusation earlier this week, sparking a stinging riposte from Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian.

Neville stands by the crux of his argument, which was that Tevez's contribution and his engagement dropped off towards the end of the 2008-09 season.

But his comments were challenged in a lively head-to-head with Joorabchian on Sky Sports News, causing Neville to accept his verdict could have been better put.

"What I would say is, 'down tools' might be a little bit crass," Neville said on Friday.

"But Carlos was distracted, he was different, and he certainly wasn't anywhere near the level in that last four months at the club, you must accept that?"

Joorabchian said Neville had been "absolutely wrong" with his initial assessment.

"I often let things go," Joorabchian said. "But I think that when you go after somebody and you have made a lot of wrong and incorrect statements, then by letting it go will not do the benefit to the public of listening to fake information."

Joorabchian questioned how Neville - now a Sky Sports pundit - had gained such insight that he could possibly know, as he had claimed, that Tevez had people "in his ear" during his second year at Old Trafford.

And broadening his defence of Tevez, Joorabchian asked whether Neville was casting aspersions on former United boss Alex Ferguson's leadership.

"By Gary making those comments of the second year, he's in some way questioning whether Sir Alex had his finger to the pulse," Joorabchian said.

"Because Sir Alex picked Carlos 51 times during that season of 2008-2009 - 51 times. He picked [Wayne] Rooney 49 times, [Dimitar] Berbatov 44 times, and Gary himself only played 29 in that season.

"In those moments Carlos played 51 games picked by Sir Alex: 15 goals, seven assists. Berbatov: 14 goals, 11 assists. And Rooney: 20 goals, 13 assists.

"Sir Alex would not have picked someone 51 times during that season, as Gary well knows, if they were down-tooling or being unprofessional, unless Gary thinks that Sir Alex took his eye off the ball."

Neville was given the chance to justify his remarks and largely stayed true to his original script, saying there was "no doubt" Tevez lost focus when it became known he would be leaving United.

At the end of that 2008-09 campaign, Tevez made the rare switch of leaving United to join neighbours Manchester City.

Neville said Tevez at United "went into more of a sulky mood because he was disappointed the club weren't signing him", and produced his own statistics, looking at Tevez's modest Premier League contribution.

According to Neville: "The drop in his manner and his performances - just because maybe he was not being taken on by the club - was alarming."

Arsenal's 2003-04 Premier League Invincibles remain one of the most celebrated teams in the history of European football.

For all the impressive numbers they racked up – from Thierry Henry's 30 goals to a hefty haul of 90 points – the most celebrated remains a zero.

As Arsene Wenger forecasted a season earlier, his glorious Gunners managed to conquer a top-flight season without a defeat on their record.

It was the first time the feat had been accomplished since Preston North End dominated the inaugural Football League season, although their triumphant jaunt across Victorian England was comprised of a mere 22 games.

There was little doubt Wenger's Arsenal set a new standard, one that the big hitters in a competition boasting increasingly lavish wealth were soon ready to try and meet.

Here, we look at how the Invincibles measure up to the finest teams to have tried to follow in their footsteps.

MOURINHO, RONALDO AND PORTUGUESE PERFECTION

After the swaggering French revolution Wenger oversaw in north London, the two most charismatic and dominant figures to grace the Premier League for the remainder of the decade hailed from another of Europe's former imperial powers.

Jose Mourinho took over at Chelsea and ended Arsenal's reign in his first season, racking up a Premier League-record 95 points – five more than the Gunners managed when drawing 12 of their 38 games unbeaten.

Chelsea did lose once – 1-0 to a Nicolas Anelka penalty at Manchester City – but won 29 matches to Arsenal's 26.

Mourinho's men scored one fewer with 72 but their defensive record was exceptional as they were breached only 15 times, compared to the still-laudable 26 Wenger's backline conceded in 2003-04.

Henry's efforts in his last title-winning season at Highbury were supplemented by six assists, a remarkable return many expected to be as untouchable as his team's feat over the coming years.

Nevertheless, Cristiano Ronaldo set up as many goals and scored one more as Manchester United romped to the second of three consecutive titles in 2007-08, when they also won the Champions League for good measure.

Arsenal's historic achievement was quickly off the table as Alex Ferguson's men laboured to two points from their first three matches, but they were electrifying from that point as Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez accompanied Ronaldo in a lethal front three.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner averaged 74 minutes per goal involvement, bettering Henry's 93 minutes and boasted a slightly sharper conversion rate of 17.8 per cent set against 15.7 per cent.

United's 27 victories edged the Invincibles, although five defeats meant a points tally of 87.

GUARDIOLA, KLOPP AND THE NEW NORMAL

The idea that Arsenal's 90 points from 2003-04 would not be enough to win a league title seemed fanciful back then, with Chelsea's 95-point season feeling like a bit of a glitch owed to the Mourinho golden years.

In 2018-19, Liverpool amassed 97 points, the third highest total in Premier League history, and came second. In fact, it was the highest points total ever by a team not managed by Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City claimed their own landmark title win a year earlier, reaching 100 points on the final day of the season at Southampton as Gabriel Jesus netted their 106th goal, before Jurgen Klopp's Reds forced them to back it up with 98 to retain the crown. They won 32 out of 38 matches each time

Those two phenomenal teams have made stockpiling victories the new normal. Before the COVID-19 pandemic brought a halt to the league, Liverpool were set to join and surpass City in reaching three figures. A scarcely credible 27 victories from 29 outings amounts to a win percentage of 93.1.

City's 2017-18 team conceded at a rate of 0.71 goals per game and this year's Liverpool at 0.72, making them both slightly more porous than the Arsenal, Chelsea and United teams of the previous decade.

Klopp's current vintage are remarkably clinical, with their 15.59 shots per game lower than any of the teams discussed since Wenger's Arsenal (14.18). However, both City (2.79 per game) and Liverpool (2.28 per game) scored goals at a phenomenal rate. None of the other three averaged more than Arsenal's 1.92.

The returns being posted in this new reality dwarf all that has come before but, ultimately, that only heightens the appeal and allure of the Premier League's most famous zero.

As City entered January 2018 and Liverpool approached March this year without a defeat to their name, Invincibles talk inevitably bubbled away. That frontier only once crossed still matters. It is the ultimate tightrope act.

City and Liverpool sides making mincemeat of the competition still lost – Guardiola's men twice after the turn of the year and Klopp's stunningly at relegation-threatened Watford. Arsenal did not, in a division where the competitive balance was not quite as skewed as today. The modern heavyweights have only underlined the unlikeliness of the accomplishment.

Teams in their wake scored more goals, conceded fewer and won more games. As the Premier League's best continue to stack up dizzying numbers, Arsenal's last title winners slip a little further down the all-time standings. And yet, it is that nought that continues to define them and their successors. The nothing that still means everything.

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic is a player in demand.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has been linked to Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United.

But Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in signing the former Lyon star.

 

TOP STORY – PSG MAKE PJANIC OFFER

Paris Saint-Germain are rivalling Barcelona and Chelsea for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to RMC Sport.

Pjanic's future is dominating headlines, with the Bosnian star linked to LaLiga champions Barca, while he has been the subject of reported swap deal involving Chelsea's Jorginho.

But Pjanic has a contract offer from PSG, who are also reportedly eyeing either Houssem Aouar of Lyon or Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

 

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- The Daily Mail claims Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid for free due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Welsh star has been linked to Newcastle United recently.

Inter are putting pressure on Barca to complete a deal for Lautaro Martinez, reports Sport. The Serie A side have told Barca to wrap up a transfer this month amid reported negotiations with possible replacements Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal).

- Sky Sport says Liverpool's interest in Werder Bremen star Milot Rashica has faded.

- Calciomercato reports Juventus continue to observe Mauro Icardi but PSG remain in pole position to sign the Argentina international, who is on loan from Inter.

- Bayern Munich have decided not to take up their option to buy Ivan Perisic from Inter, according to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira. Perisic is on loan at the Bundesliga champions.

Arsenal completed a remarkable feat on May 15, 2004.

It is the day that Gunners vintage of 16 years ago secured its 'Invincibles' tag, finishing the Premier League campaign unbeaten.

Real Madrid – inspired by Zinedine ZIdane – and Manchester United also have happy memories of this mid-May date, each sealing continental silverware in 2002 and 1991 respectively.

And in the NBA, Allen Iverson claimed a significant personal honour 19 years ago.

Here are the sporting highlights from this day in history...

 

2004 – Arsenal become the 'Invincibles' 

Having clinched the title on enemy soil by drawing at Tottenham in late April, Arsene Wenger's men reached the last day still boasting an unblemished top-flight record.

Leicester City were the visitors to Highbury, seeking to become the ultimate party poopers. 

When Paul Dickov put the Foxes ahead, there was a genuine fear the hosts would fall at the final hurdle.

Thierry Henry levelled from the penalty spot and Patrick Vieira secure the win as Arsenal rounded off an unbeaten Premier League campaign.

2002 – Zidane's brilliance leads Real Madrid to glory

Zidane took centre stage when Glasgow's Hampden Park played host to the Champions League final on this day in 2002.

The Frenchman's stunning volley from just inside the box proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 Madrid triumph over Bayer Leverkusen.

When Roberto Carlos hooked a hopeful ball into the area, Zidane positioned himself underneath it and expertly thrashed home a sweet left-footed strike.

Zidane's stunning finish is regarded as one of the all-time great Champions League goals.

 

2001 – Iverson is named NBA MVP 

Iverson followed in the footsteps of a bona fide legend with the figures he posted to win the NBA MVP in 2001.

He led the NBA in scoring (31.1 points per game) and steals (2.51 per game), becoming the first man to top both charts since Michael Jordan in 1992-93.

It made the vote a straightforward affair, the Philadelphia 76ers star receiving 93 of a possible 124 first-place votes to finish ahead of the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal.

In doing so, Iverson became the first 76ers player to be crowned MVP since 1983, when Moses Malone achieved the feat.

 

1991 – Man Utd down Barcelona in European Cup Winners' Cup final

Mark Hughes scored twice in Rotterdam as Manchester United beat Barcelona 2-1 to win European silverware for the first time in 23 years.

Not since the club's 1968 European Cup success had United triumphed in a continental competition.

This was a first foray back into such tournaments for English clubs since the ban that come into force following the Heysel disaster.

Ronald Koeman scored Barca's consolation goal as Alex Ferguson got one over on opposite number Johan Cruyff.

The Premier League appears to be on course for a June return after positive talks between the government and English football's key governing bodies.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden revealed that Thursday's meeting with the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League had proven productive.

The English top flight convened at the start of the week to discuss 'Project Restart', with June 12 the targeted date for action to resume, albeit behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis.

And after the latest talks between the major stakeholders, that hope remains. 

"We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first," said Dowden.

"It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.

"The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game."

Professional sport has been on hold across the United Kingdom amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Premier League was halted in March, with most clubs having just nine games left to play, and some have only recently returned to training under strict social distancing measures.

England's deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said: "There will be small, carefully measured, step-wise approaches to see what can be achieved safely. The first of those is to return safely to training, still observing social distancing.

"We will have to see how that goes before we can even think about moving on to the return of competitive football matches."

 

Harry Kane has teamed up with Leyton Orient in a deal that will see the England captain sponsor the club's shirts for the 2020-21 season and provide the space to worthwhile causes.

The striker may be a superstar at Tottenham now but he made his senior debut while on loan at Orient back in 2011, scoring five goals in 18 appearances during his stint at Brisbane Road.

Raised not far from their ground, Kane wanted to show his support for the League Two club during the uncertain times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a unique sponsorship agreement.

However, it will not be his name appearing on the front of the kit.

The home shirt will carry a thank you message to the frontline heroes for their work during the health crisis, while Haven House Children's Hospice will be displayed on the away kit. As for the third strip, that will feature the logo for Mind, the mental health charity.

As well as the additional coverage, 10 per cent of proceeds from each shirt sale will be passed to that charity.

"I was born and brought up only at a couple of miles from the stadium and I am really happy to have the opportunity to give back to the club that gave me my first professional start," Kane said.

"This also gives me a platform to be able to say a big thank you to the many frontline heroes and charities out there who provide care and support during these challenging times."

The Premier League, Football League and Football Association have approved the sponsorship, with Orient chief executive Danny Macklin full of praise for Kane.

"Thank you, Harry, for your amazing support and generosity – you are a true role model for the modern game," Macklin said.

Brighton and Hove Albion forward Glenn Murray does not understand the "rush" to get the Premier League season restarted amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Premier League has been on hold since March, though looks set to return next month after the British government confirmed sports could be played behind closed doors from the start of June.

Clubs have remained adamant throughout discussions that the season must be completed if possible.

While recognising the need to see out the campaign, Murray suggested the action should only get back under way when the results of eased lockdown restrictions are clear.

"[The league] does need to go on, but if we give ourselves a little bit more time, the country will be back up and running again, we'll have learned more about this virus, we won't necessarily have a vaccine, but we'll be better prepared to deal with it if anyone does get it," Murray told Sky Sports.

"I can't understand after loosening the lockdown why we're in such a rush to get it back when we could just wait a month and see if things go to plan.

"Why not see how the country copes with lessening the lockdown without starting unnecessary sports when people are dying all around us, and the death rate is still high."

Murray also pointed out that getting each member of a Premier League squad to agree on a return to training and, eventually, playing matches, will be difficult.

"It's almost impossible [to get everyone feeling the same]. Trying to get 25 lads all on board, that's not just 25 lads with the same mentality, we've got people from all over the world in different situations and it's difficult to lead a group and everyone to agree," he added.

"It's more about being worried about the people that we're going home to. Everyone's in different situations and has different people at home, with illnesses, pregnancies or children.

"You're only allowed into the training ground 15 minutes before training, and the queue for strappings and things in the physio room is about 30 minutes long.

"It's 15 minutes after too, with no recovery, physiotherapy is only essential so no masseuses or cryotherapy chambers, it's obviously a global brand and everyone wants to watch it because of its level and intensity.

"But I just can't understand how that's going to be done with taking all those things away, and trying to fit in a large amount of games into such a short period of time."

Premier League clubs have agreed to allow short-term contract extensions until the end of the season for players whose deals are set to finish on June 30, 2020.

The suspension of football in England due to the coronavirus pandemic has seen the 2019-20 season on hold since March.

Authorities in the country have always stressed a desire to finish the professional leagues on the pitch, but with play unable to resume before June 1, issues were set to arise with respect to expiring contracts.

The English football season usually finishes at the end of June and player contracts are aligned to this, therefore some clubs were set to be in a position whereby they would lose players through no fault of their own before the schedule was concluded.

However, following a shareholders' meeting on Monday, all Premier League clubs have agreed to allow mutual short-term extensions until the end of the season.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: "What we decided is to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign.

"Players can extend their contracts beyond June 30 until the end of the season, but it must be agreed by both parties."

Clubs and players have been given until June 23 to reach agreements.

In the history of Blackburn Rovers, May 14 is a momentous sporting date.

Twenty-five years ago today, Blackburn sealed the Premier League title on a dramatic afternoon at Anfield.

This date also represents the 14-year anniversary of a famous day in the history of Spanish motorsport, achieved by Formula One great Fernando Alonso.

Here we look back at some of the top moments to occur on May 14 in the world of sport.

 

1995 - Blackburn secure dramatic Premier League title

Blackburn were crowned Premier League champions at Anfield in the most dramatic of circumstances in 1995.

Rovers came into the final day of the season leading title rivals Manchester United, who were playing at West Ham, by two points.

When Alan Shearer scored his 34th league goal of a remarkable season, everything appeared to be going to plan.

However, Liverpool goals from John Barnes and a last-gasp winner from Jamie Redknapp had Rovers fearing their chance of a first English top-flight championship since 1914 had passed them by.

United were piling on the pressure in their match but were unable to snatch a late winner against West Ham that would have seen them win the title, as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

Following the full-time whistle, it took several nervous moments before Blackburn boss Kenny Dalglish and his players got confirmation that the title was theirs, prompting ecstatic scenes.

Given Dalglish's history with Liverpool and the fact their rivals United had been denied, home fans were pretty happy with the outcome as well.

Rovers finished a disappointing seventh when defending their title, after which the departure of the magnificent Shearer to Newcastle United ended their hopes of competing again.

Shearer went on to become the Premier League's record goalscorer but this league title remained the only one he won in his career.

 

2006 - Alonso makes Spanish Grand Prix history

Cheered on by King Juan Carlos and a 130,000-strong crowd at Circuit de Catalunya, Alonso became the first home driver to win the Spanish Grand Prix in 2006.

The Renault star, who would go to win his second Formula One world title that year, qualified in pole position, with team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella joining him on the front row.

Alonso had been forced to settle for second in the previous year's race, but he was not to be denied this time around, building a strong lead and ultimately cruising home ahead of title rival Michael Schumacher.

It was a key moment in the championship battle, given Schumacher had won the previous two grands prix.

"To finish first in front of my people, my supporters, I think was my best feeling so far in a Formula One car," said Alonso, who was then 24.

"The Brazilian Grand Prix where I won the championship [in 2005] - I didn't enjoy it as much as I did here."

Alonso went on to claim one further win at his home race, triumphing in 2013 with Ferrari, as well as winning the 2012 European Grand Prix on home soil in Valencia.

 

2011 - Man City claim FA Cup glory

Manchester City have won 11 major trophies since they were taken over by their Abu Dhabi owners in 2008.

Their four Premier League crowns in that time are the biggest of those, but City fans will fondly remember the first – their 2011 FA Cup crown.

Yaya Toure scored the winner with a powerful strike 16 minutes from time to give City a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Wembley, with Mario Balotelli named man of the match.

It was the team's first trophy in 35 years, their last having come in the EFL Cup way back in 1976.

This success under Roberto Mancini set them up to win their first Premier League title the following season.

Luring Lautaro Martinez from Inter to Barcelona appears complicated.

Barca are reportedly determined to sign Martinez as the Spanish giants look to bring in a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

But, Barca reportedly need some help from other clubs to get the deal over the line.

 

TOP STORY – TRIO KEY TO LAUTARO DEAL

Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City are set for a three-way swap involving Inter star Lautaro Martinez, according to Sport.

Martinez has been tipped to swap Inter for Barcelona but the LaLiga champions are trying to drive down the price.

The proposed exchange deal would see Nelson Semedo leave Barca for City, allowing Joao Cancelo to return to Inter as Martinez moves to Camp Nou.

 

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Manchester United have agreed a £62million (€70m) deal for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, reports TodoFichajes. Dembele has been linked with United, Chelsea and Barca.

- The Telegraph says Bundesliga titleholders Bayern Munich are preparing a €56m (£50m) bid for City star Leroy Sane, who is set to return to Germany.

- Could Houssem Aouar replace Miralem Pjanic at Juventus? Pjanic is reportedly set to sign for Barca despite interest from United and Le10Sport claims Juve are eyeing Lyon star Aouar.

- Exchange deals might be needed for Juve to have a chance of completing their dream transfers. Linked to former star and United midfielder Paul Pogba, Il Bianconero says Douglas Costa, Adrien Rabiot and Federico Bernardeschi could be used to tempt the Red Devils. An exchange deal with Chelsea could also see Douglas Costa and Aaron Ramsey, and Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri, trade places.

Dries Mertens prefers a move to Inter over Chelsea should he leave Napoli, according to Sky Sport Italia. The Belgium international is set to become a free agent.

- Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter are focused on bringing Brescia and Italy sensation Sandro Tonali to San Siro.

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian insisted he held "no fear at all" about resuming the Premier League season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool were 25 points clear at the top of the table when the campaign was suspended in March due to COVID-19.

Reports suggest the season could get back underway in mid-June, although there are also claims some players are fearful over returning.

Adrian, who has made 18 appearances for Liverpool this season, said he was ready to return.

"No fear at all," he told Cope Sevilla on Wednesday.

"There is respect, a lot of respect and responsibility. It is quite a serious situation, but we are professionals.

"We are here for what we are."

The United Kingdom has been hit hard by coronavirus, with more than 229,000 confirmed cases and a death toll exceeding 33,000.

Adrian, 33, said the UK still had work to do in containing COVID-19, which has led to more than 297,000 deaths worldwide.

"This week has been quite important regarding the meetings. There is still one with the captains, managers and coaches of the Premier League," he said.

"They have given us the green light to train starting next Monday in small groups and the league is expected to start in mid-June.

"But right now the situation is still serious around here. You have to solve the number of deceased."

Dani Ceballos is still hopeful of being successful at Real Madrid despite his loan spell at Arsenal.

Ceballos, 23, joined the Premier League side on a season-long loan in July, and he made 24 appearances before the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The nine-time Spain international is contracted at Madrid until 2023 and he is eager to take his chance with the LaLiga giants.

"I am happy and I have a contract with Real Madrid," Ceballos told Deportes Cuatro on Wednesday.

"I am 23 years old, I have not passed the rice. Now I feel much more a player and I am prepared for any challenge that comes my way."

Ceballos joined Madrid from Real Betis for a reported €18million in July 2017.

Dele Alli expressed his gratitude for the messages of support he has received after being assaulted by burglars on Wednesday.

The Tottenham star was struck in the face and reportedly held at knifepoint during the incident, which took place at his home in Barnet, where Alli, his brother, their two partners and a friend are staying.

Items of jewellery were among the items stolen by two intruders, who then fled the scene.

In a post on Twitter, Alli wrote: "Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we're all okay now. Appreciate the support."

Earlier a Met Police statement said: "Police were called at approximately 00:35hrs on Wednesday, 13 May to reports of a robbery at a residential address in Barnet.

"Two males gained entry to the property and stole items of jewellery, including watches, before fleeing.

"Two male occupants at the property suffered minor facial injuries after being assaulted. They did not require hospital treatment."

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