Santi Cazorla has hinted at a potential new deal that would keep him at Arsenal for years to come, with the midfielder revealing his desire to stay during an interview with Spanish publication Marca.
The diminutive maestro has been in excellent form this season, and has excelled in a new, deeper midfield role. He has surprised many with his defensive qualities, and despite his attacking talents being well documented, he has been one of the surprise packages in what has been an extremely successful campaign so far.
As Marca reiterated during the interview, Cazorla has been repeatedly linked with a move back to La Liga. Atletico Madrid in particular have been credited with an interest, but the Spaniard was keen to refute the claims, hinting that he may even sign a contract extension at Arsenal.
“I have a one year contract and we will see what Arsenal think about the possibility of extending the contract. I do not plan anything else for now,” he said.
Just to make it extra clear that he had no intention of returning to Spain, Cazorla went on to say that he felt more valued in England – insisting that if you don’t play for Barcelona or Real Madrid, then you are not appreciated.
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“In Spain if you’re not playing in Madrid or Barca you are left in the background. [In England] this does not happen, you feel more valued, but I don’t think much about it either,” he continued.
It would be a massive blow if we were to lose Cazorla, as he has become increasingly important to the way we play. His ability to retain possession in tight areas and start attacks from deep have seen him thrive in his new role, and we arguably have no one else able to fill the position.
We finally look to have stumbled upon a midfield that really works, and to break up the trio of Mesut Özil, Francis Coquelin, and Santi Cazorla would be devastating.
Luckily, it seems he’s going nowhere.