Mikel Arteta has told Dani Ceballos he must get fit and fight for his place at Arsenal amid reports that the midfielder is looking to leave the club.

The 23-year-old has made just 11 Premier League appearances for the Gunners since joining on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid over the summer.

He has not played since suffering a hamstring injury against Vitoria at the start of November and reports in Spain have suggested that he is concerned by his lack of game-time.

It is claimed he wants to return to Madrid and spend the remainder of season with another club to boost his chances of being selected for Spain's Euro 2020 squad.

Mikel Arteta has told Dani Ceballos to fight for his place at Arsenal

Arteta was not willing to comment on those reports on Friday, saying: "I have had conversations with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn't here.

"He was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab for over a month with the team that owns him.

"When I came here he was doing his rehab in the first two or three weeks, getting back to fitness and I haven't seen much of him because he only trained with us for a week or 10 days.

"It's very early to assess what I can or cannot do with him. I heard about all those things but I have nothing to comment.

Ceballos has not featured for the Gunners since November

"He needs to get back to fitness and fight for his place like any other player.

"After that we will make a selection that is fair with what I see on the pitch."

Ceballos has played 17 games in all competitions for Arsenal this season and was left on the bench during Tuesday's 2-2 draw with London rivals Chelsea.

He could make his first appearance under Arteta when Arsenal travel to Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

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However, Arteta rejected any suggestions that his captain could leave and insisted that the striker is happy at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners' boss added: "A week ago after a game at home we were discussing that he said he was so happy, that he didn't agree with the things being written in the media and has his future here.

"I'm so happy with that. That's where I stand at the moment."