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Santi Cazorla is eager to link up with Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal.

Santi Cazorla has said he hopes to see Spain teammate return to Arsenal despite Chelsea's apparent interest in the Barcelona star.

- McNicholas: Come home, Cesc

Sources have told ESPN FC that Chelsea have made contact with Barcelona over Fabregas, who appears likely to exit the Camp Nou three years after securing a move back to his hometown club.

However, Cazorla said he would like to see Arsene Wenger move to re-sign the 27-year-old, who established a reputation as one of the world's best midfielders during the eight years he spent with the Gunners.

"I've read that he could go to Chelsea but I'd prefer him to come to Arsenal because he's a great player and they really love him there," Cazorla said at a news conference with the Spanish national team. "I don't know what his future is, but I hope that he will be happy and enjoys the team wherever he is."

Cazorla said Fabregas deserved more praise for the way he has performed in La Liga since his return to Spain in 2011.

"I don't think there's a big difference between Cesc's performances in the Premier League and La Liga," the 29-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Malaga in 2012, said.

"His statistics are great at Barcelona but he's not valued the same as in England. There's no difference in his numbers. He's adapted perfectly to both leagues."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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