Santi Cazorla reveals he has made decision over his future after Mikel Arteta’s offer to return to Arsenal

Santi Cazorla reveals he has made decision over his future after Mikel Arteta's offer to return to Arsenal
The 35-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

Santi Cazorla has revealed that he has made a decision about his future after being offered the chance to return to Arsenal as a coach by old teammate Mikel Arteta – but will not announce his next move until the end of the season.

The 35-year-old has enjoyed an excellent season with Villarreal after overcoming his injury issues, scoring eight times and laying on six assists in 24 La Liga appearances.

However, his contract with the club expires in the summer and he has reportedly been offered the chance to join old teammate and good pal Arteta’s backroom staff at the Emirates, should he decide to hang up his boots.

Villarreal star Santi Cazorla linked with return to Arsenal as a coach
Cazorla has enjoyed a renaissance at Villarreal this season (Picture: Getty)

For now Cazorla insists he is focused on performing for Villarreal when the season resumes, but says he has already made up his mind regarding his next move and, unfortunately for Arteta, played down the likelihood of moving into coaching and sees himself in a sporting director role.

Asked about his future, Cazorla told Cadena SER: ‘I have already made my decision, but right now is not the time to say anything.

‘I have an idea of what I want, but in due course I will reveal what I’ve decided. Now is not the time because we have to be focused on competing.

‘[The season suspension] has helped me think, listen to my body, but I do not want to pre-empt you or to speculate too much.’

On whether he will continue his playing career elsewhere, Cazorla continued: ‘I don’t know, I have an idea but when the time comes I will communicate it and give the explanations. Now we have to be focused.’

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla
Arteta and Cazorla clicked on and off the pitch, winning the FA Cup together (Picture: Getty)

In a big clue about whether he would consider being part of Arteta’s coaching team, Cazorla added: ‘I want to remain linked to football. I could be a coach, but I see myself more in a sporting director role.’

Cazorla joined Arsenal in 2012, a year after Arteta, and enjoyed three excellent campaigns at the club but the latter years of his time in north London were hampered hugely by injuries, eventually returning to Villarreal on a free transfer.

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