Arsenal's in-form playmaker Santi Cazorla has revealed he once held transfer talks with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Cazorla has been one of Arsenal's stand-out performers since joining from Malaga in the summer of 2012.
Costing £15m, Cazorla went on to win Arsenal's player of the season award last after scoring 12 goals and assisting 11. That tally was enough to put Cazorla ahead of strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud and second only to Theo Walcott.
He has continued that fine form, scoring four and assisting three despite suffering several injuries.
However, his move to the Gunners may have never happened if Real Madrid had it their way.
The Spanish playmaker has revealed that he once held talks with the La Liga giants over a transfer but a move never materialised, much to the delight of Arsenal fans.
Speaking in an interview with RMC, the 29-year-old said: "Both clubs [Barcelona and Real Madrid] are monuments of Spanish football. All players are dreaming about it. I had contact with Madrid a few years ago but a move could not be completed."
"On several occasions, it is fate that I have not been able to join one of these two clubs. But my career has developed well and I have no regrets."
Cazorla won Arsenal's player of the month award for January after scoring five goals in six appearances across all competitions.
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