Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has admitted his regret over the way he left La Liga outfit Malaga back in 2012, reports Goal.com.
The Spaniard joined the Gunners for £16.5 million, but ultimately angered the Malaga faithful for the way he departed the club.
However, despite apologising for not being able to say a proper goodbye, the playmaker has insisted that he only departed the club because they needed the money.
Malaga in need
"I left because the club needed money," Cazorla told Sky Sports' show 'Revista de la Liga'. "Arsenal was a good opportunity, but Malaga wasn't stable and it wasn't clear where they were headed.
"I know that in Malaga lots of people haven't forgiven me for the way I left. When I signed for Arsenal, everything happened so quick, I had to go to London.
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"Arsenal had already started their pre-season and I had to go over there for a medical, and then I had to go to Holland to start to train with the squad.
"That all meant that I couldn't go to Malaga to hold a press conference to say goodbye to everyone face to face."
Clearly, then, Cazorla's transfer was a fairly rushed process, however he's insisted that it still bothers him that he wasn't able to leave the club in the right way.
He continued by saying: "In the end, I could only write a letter in which I expressed my gratitude and my affection for the club. I know a lot of people didn't like that.
"I'd like to apologise for not being able to say goodbye properly as I know that would have been the best thing. It still bothers me that I didn't get to do that for the fans."
At Arsenal, though, Cazorla has enjoyed a successful period with the club and played a key role in helping the north London outfit secure FA Cup silverware last term.
The right decision
And, in truth, despite the way the move was handled, Cazorla can't be blamed for completing the big money transfer to England. At the end of the day, with Malaga struggling financially, a move to the Gunners was too good to turn down for the now 30-year-old.
With the north London outfit still fighting it out towards the top of England' elite division, his decision certainly looks justified. He will now be hoping for further success over the coming months and years and he certainly has the ability to help the club do just that.
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