Over the last few days there have been stories linking Santi Cazorla with a move to newly crowned Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
They have been fairly easy to dismiss for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the Spaniard just signed a new Arsenal contract back in March, and had he been of a mind to leave the club, making a further contractual commitment makes that much more difficult.
Secondly, any move to Ateltico, who are still financially in a difficult place, would require him to take a pay-cut and most footballers aren’t willing to do that. Especially after signing an extension at their current club which would, more than likely, have give him an increase in wages.
However, this morning the former Malaga and Villarreal man is quoted in AS, and rather than dismissing the rumours, said he’ll consider his position after the World Cup.
“When the World Cup is over, I’ll start thinking about my situation,” he said. “I don’t want to be thinking about it right now and I’ve told my agents not to tell me anything is an offer comes in.
“But I know a few of the Atlético players – Godín, Juanfran and I know the side well from when I was playing the Spanish league but until the tournament is over, I won’t know if the rumours are true or not.”
It’s worth pointing out that even he doesn’t know if there’s anything substantial to the stories, but it does seem a bit odd that after signing that new contract with us, he’s not 100% of his plans for next season.
All the same, Arseblog News would be astounded if Cazorla, scorer of that fantastic FA Cup final goal, was allowed to leave this summer. He’s a player that Arsene Wenger likes a lot and certainly part of the reason we didn’t go back for Cesc Fabregas was knowing we had Cazorla who could slot into the creative role if anything did happen to Mesut Ozil.
In our special, all summer long ratings system, we put this as an 7/10 on the poo-ometer (where 10 is total shite, and 1 so much truth that Tom Cruise can’t handle it):