Wenger: Cazorla not leaving Arsenal for Atletico Madrid

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla is not about to leave the club to move to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

It’s been suggested that the Atletico Coach, Diego Simeone, has identified ex-Villarreal and Malaga man Cazorla as one of his main targets for the summer, but Wenger told reporters ahead of the Gunners’ match with Crystal Palace at the weekend that he had no concerns over the future of the 30-year-old.

“He has extended his contract last year and has two years to go,” Wenger replied when the subject of Cazorla’s future was raised. “You know our policy. There’s nothing to worry about. The suggestion is only a suggestion. We have never been approached by anybody about him.”

Cazorla has played under Wenger since a 2012 move from Malaga, having spent only a single season at La Rosaleda. He has made 130 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 26 goals, after recording 38 appearances without netting for his previous club.

Prior to his spell on the south coast of Spain, Cazorla turned out for Villarreal, spending four years at the Yellow Submarine, and Recreativo Huelva, whom he joined from Villarreal after a first, brief stay at El Madrigal.

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