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Santi Cazorla: I want to play for Arsenal not Atletico Madrid

It is the norm to see our players being linked with a move to Spain. After the dust raised by Bellerin to Barcelona seems to have settled, Santi Cazorla, unsurprisingly, has made the headlines for obvious reasons.

The Spanish international hit the ground running after he returned from an injury spell -coupled with Ramsey’s absence due to a hamstring problem- where he continues to dominate the club’s midfield with his trickery and pace.

This has seen him being linked with a move back to Spain, with Atletico Madrid rumoured as his likely destination. However, the 31-year-old has debunked such rumours suggesting that he is willing to extend his stay at the club beyond the summer of 2017.

In an exclusive interview with Cadena Ser, the attacker is quoted as saying:

“Atletico Madrid are an amazing club”, he said. “Just have a look at their results, El Cholo [Simeone] is doing great things. It is not easy to reach two Champions League finals and win the league.

“I have no particular preference [on future destination]. I honestly do not know what I’ll do if I don’t stay at Arsenal. I don’t know if I’ll go to Spain or another league, it’s a little early.

“If Arsenal don’t give me a new contract I’d have options in Spain or another league, but today it’s not something I’ve even considered. When the day comes I’ll make the decision. Today’s it’s difficult to say.

He added: “There was talk of a move to Atletico [a few years ago] but they were just rumours. I do not want to focus on things that are not real. I want to play, give my best and what will be, will be.

“I do not know what will happen in the future, I don’t close the door on anything, I just want to enjoy football as I couldn’t do that last season.

“I am happy here [at Arsenal]. A player wants to play and from the moment I arrived at Arsenal I’ve had the confidence of the coach. But I only have one year left on my contract and I have no news from the club. I have still a year and we’ll see what decision the club takes.

“I hope to continue playing and staying here is an option. My attention is now focused on playing and being able to enjoy playing football after a season that had a lot of injury problems.

“I am very happy here. The club has treated me very well. I am at a great club and I am playing minutes, which is what I want. If I wasn’t playing, then I’d consider leaving, but now I’m playing in a big club.”