Santi Cazorla has trained with the youth team of Spanish side Alaves as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury that has plagued him for nearly two years.
The Spain international, who was recently released by Arsenal after six years at the Emirates, hasn’t played a competitive game of football since October 2016.
Despite undergoing 11 operations since then, the 33-year-old is hoping to persuade a club in his homeland to take a chance on him this summer. Former club Villarreal is understood to have offered him the chance to join their pre-season training.
“I am grateful to Alaves for the facilities they have offered to me,” Cazorla told the club’s official website.
“The facilities here are very good and they’re even doing work to improve them further.
“[The youth teams and I] have had a nice experience. I tried to make sure they enjoyed the experience.”
Marca report that Cazorla took up the chance to train with Alaves after visiting the Basque region for a check-up with surgeon Mikel Sanchez.