Santi Cazorla has dismissed suggestions he could leave Arsenal this summer stressing rumours of a return to Spain are nothing but newspaper gossip.
The 29-year-old midfielder put pen-to-paper on a contract extension at the Emirates as recently as March but that hasn’t stopped many a red top regurgitating links with a move to newly crowned La Liga champions, Atletico Madrid.
Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope (translation by Sporting Life) in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 3-0 Community Shield victory over Manchester City, Cazorla poured cold water on the speculation:
“I’ve seen the links in the papers, but nobody has told me anything personally and the only things I know are from the papers, so I don’t know anything.
“I’m only focused on training here and preparing well playing with Arsenal. It’s paper talk.
“I’m well, I have the confidence of everybody, the support of the fans and we hope to have a good season.”
For their part Atletico Madrid were quick to dismiss interest in Cazorla earlier in the summer, so quite why the link continues to cause Santi a nuisance is beyond us. Let’s hope this draws a line under things and he can get on with scoring ace goals that win trophies.