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Cazorla cools Atletico Madrid link

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has played down speculation linking him to a move to Atletico Madrid.

Santi Cazorla has been a pivotal player for the Gunners this season
Santi Cazorla is happy to stay at Arsenal.

Cazorla joined the Gunners from Malaga last summer and has impressed since moving to the Premier League.

Atletico have been linked with the 28-year-old in recent weeks, but Cazorla says he is settled in his north London home.

"Much has been made the subject of Atletico Madrid, but I am very good in London," Cazorla said. "I have a contract with Arsenal and I start training on Monday.

"Perhaps I will return to Spain one day, but right now it's very unlikely."

Although he is not bound for Madrid, Cazorla is happy for his international team-mate David Villa who signed for Atleti.

“I'm very happy for Villa, because he had a difficult year with Barcelona due to his injury [a broken leg he suffered in December 2011], but now he's got another chance to shine again,” he said.

Cazorla missed out on Spain’s World Cup win in 2010 due to a back injury and has declared his intention of not missing out on Brazil in 2014.

He said: “I still have unfinished business in the World Cup after missing the last one because of my back. I really want to experience a World Cup, so I have to have a great year with Arsenal. I hope this year is even better than the last.”

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

 

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