Santi Cazorla wants fellow countryman Cesc Fabregas to return to Arsenal after it has become clear his days at Barcelona are numbered.

The former Arsenal midfielder has been told he can leave Barcelona after a three-year spell at the Catalan club, which has alerted a host of Premier League outfits.

Fabregas was a fan favourite in north London before being sold to his boyhood club for £35m in 2011, but the Gunners are not interested in making a bid for the 27-year-old according to reports in Spain.

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly interested in offering the Spaniard a route back to England, but Cazorla is hopeful that Fabregas will instead return to the Emirates.

"I've read that he could go to Chelsea but I'd prefer him to come to Arsenal because he's a great player and they really love him there," Cazorla told Sky Sports.

"I don't know what his future is, but I hope that he will be happy and enjoys the team wherever he is.

"I don't think there's a big difference between Cesc's performances in the Premier League and La Liga. He's adapted perfectly to both leagues.

"His statistics are great at Barcelona but he's not valued the same as in England. There's no difference in his numbers."

Fabregas has scored 28 league goals for Barcelona in his three seasons at the club after converting 35 Premier League goals in his eight years for Arsenal and a return to England looks the most likely route for the Spanish international.

Both Cazorla and Fabregas have been included in Spain’s World Cup squad for the upcoming tournament in Brazil, with the current holders placed in a tricky looking Group B alongside Holland, Australia and Chile.

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