Santi Cazorla says he’s open to signing a new contract at Arsenal although he admits the Gunners have yet to broach the subject of extending his current deal which ends at the end of the season.
The Spanish playmaker, 31, is into his fifth season at the Emirates and continues to deliver consistently eye-catching performances in the heart of midfield having recovered from a knee injury that ravaged his 2015/16 campaign.
So good is Cazorla’s form that even as a veteran he’s still touted as a possible target for Atletico Madrid, a side that have gone toe-to-toe with Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent years.
Reflecting on the link with Diego Simeone’s side, Cazorla made clear to Cadena Ser that he’s happy playing regular football at Arsenal.
“Atletico Madrid are an amazing club”, he said. “Just have a look at their results, El Cholo [Simeone] is doing great things. It is not easy to reach two Champions League finals and win the league.
“I have no particular preference [on future destination]. I honestly do not know what I’ll do if I don’t stay at Arsenal. I don’t know if I’ll go to Spain or another league, it’s a little early.
“If Arsenal don’t give me a new contract I’d have options in Spain or another league, but today it’s not something I’ve even considered. When the day comes I’ll make the decision. Today’s it’s difficult to say.
He added: “There was talk of a move to Atletico [a few years ago] but they were just rumours. I do not want to focus on things that are not real. I want to play, give my best and what will be, will be.
“I do not know what will happen in the future, I don’t close the door on anything, I just want to enjoy football as I couldn’t do that last season.
“I am happy here [at Arsenal]. A player wants to play and from the moment I arrived at Arsenal I’ve had the confidence of the coach. But I only have one year left on my contract and I have no news from the club. I have still a year and we’ll see what decision the club takes.
“I hope to continue playing and staying here is an option. My attention is now focused on playing and being able to enjoy playing football after a season that had a lot of injury problems.
“I am very happy here. The club has treated me very well. I am at a great club and I am playing minutes, which is what I want. If I wasn’t playing, then I’d consider leaving, but now I’m playing in a big club.”