Santi Cazorla says that Villarreal remains a special club, and one that he might like to make a return to at some point in his playing career.
The Spanish international began his senior professional career there after moving from Oviedo in 2003. He spent a total of 8 seasons there, with a move to Recreativo in the middle, before signing for Malaga in 2011 – from where he joined Arsenal for £12m in 2012.
At Villarreal he played alongside Arsenal luminaries Robert Pires and Pascal Cygan, and speaking ahead his former club’s Europa League clash with Liverpool he spoke in glowing terms about what it means to him.
“I would not rule out returning to Villarreal,” he told AS. “Everyone knows how special that club is for me.
“If I get permission from my club I will be attending the second leg at Anfield, as another ‘groguet‘ [‘yellow’] supporter.”
Meanwhile, transfer rumours from Germany suggest we’re looking at Bayern Munich’s Rafinha, who I mistakenly thought was the other Rafinha but I was thinking of Thiago, his brother.
This one is a 30 year old Brazilian right back, which is just what we need. He does look a little bit like Simon Pegg, so that’s something.