Santi Cazorla denies Arsenal exit reports

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has quashed speculation linking him with a move to Atlético Madrid - and insists he is "very happy" at the Emirates Stadium.

The technically-gifted 28-year-old, who shone for the Gunners in his debut Premier League campaign last term, acknowledged the reports, but says he is looking forward to starting training on Monday.

"There has been a lot of speculation about a move to Atlético Madrid but I'm very happy at Arsenal, I have a contract there and I start training on Monday," the Spain international told reporters.

"Perhaps I will return to Spain one day, but right now it's very unlikely."

Atlético boss Diego Simeone is believed to be an admirer of Cazorla, and added fuel to the fire earlier this week after admitting that "anything is possible" during the current transfer window.

The Copa del Rey holders have added former Barcelona star David Villa and Leo Baptistao to their ranks already this summer, while the £50m sale of prolific striker Radamel Falcao to AS Monaco means the club have funds to invest in the transfer market.

However, it would take a significant bid for Arsenal to even consider selling Cazorla, who joined the Gunners from Malaga last summer for £15m and was arguably the club's best player last season.

Meanwhile, Cazorla himself knows that another impressive campaign with the Gunners could see him cement a place in the Spain squad for the 2014 World Cup finals.

"I still have unfinished business in the World Cup after missing the last one because of my back," the playmaker added. "I really want to experience a World Cup, so I have to have a great year with Arsenal. I hope this year is even better than the last."

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