Santi Cazorla reserves praise for Manuel Pellegrini

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has reserved praise for Manuel Pellegrini, claiming the Manchester City manager is one of the best coaches in world football.

Sport Witness reports how the 29-year-old hailed the influence of the Chilean tactician on his own career at Malaga in an interview with Spanish publication Marca.

"He's been the most important and most influential coach in my career," said Cazorla. "He's one of the best coaches in the world.

"At Manchester City he's proving what he could not show at other clubs."

The 60-year-old became the first non-European manager to win the Premier League title after Manchester City claimed the domestic crown on the final day of the 2013/14 campaign, adding to the Capital One Cup the Citizens had already captured back in March.

Two major trophies represents a decent debut season for Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium, though he'll be looking to make progress in the Champions League with Manchester City next term.

Cazorla meanwhile also hailed the continued support of Arsenal's fans, admitting that he's "feeling the love" in north London, and hopes to play his part in their first trophy triumph - the FA Cup final next weekend - to show his appreciation.

"Yes, I feel very valued," added the playmaker, who was today confirmed in Vicente del Bosque's provisional 30-man Spain squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

"Since I arrived here people have shown me their love, which is the most important thing for a footballer. Hopefully I can give them a lot of joy. I can only reward them by playing well.

"We have the final of the FA Cup and, after Arsenal have nine years without winning titles, we hope to give joy to the fans."

Having performed well for Arsene Wenger's side this term, Cazorla was rewarded with a contract extension that should keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2016, as Arsenal plan for a renewed title challenge next season.

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