Villarreal have confirmed that Santi Cazorla has re-joined the club for pre-season as he continues his rehabilitation from a long-term Achilles injury.
The Yellow Submarines have used the hashtag #CazorlaVuelveACasa (Welcome Home Cazorla) to announce the news on Twitter and are understandably excited at the return of a player who appeared 241 times for them between 2003-2011.
Hoy tenemos una cosa muy especial que contaros porque es la hora de volver a ver a alguien muy querido por los groguets… ¡Bienvenido de nuevo, @19SCazorla ???! #CazorlaVuelveACasa ?? pic.twitter.com/CPwaLUj1Me
— Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) June 5, 2018
The midfielder left El Madrigal in 2011 to move to Malaga for a season before being snapped up by Arsenal in 2012. He was released by the Gunners this summer after six successful years at the Emirates that included three FA Cup triumphs and countless jinking runs.
Santi’s aim now is to see if his body can cope with the rigours of pre-season and then to persuade his former club that he’s worthy of a contract. In recent days he’s been working on his fitness using the facilities at Alaves while also checking in with his surgeon Mikel Sanchez.
If the next few weeks go well, we could well see him playing back in England very soon – Villarreal have a friendly with newly-promoted Wolves pencilled in for 4 August.
Best of luck Santi!