Santi Cazorla is very happy at Arsenal and has little intention of forcing a move to Atletico Madrid, according to respected journalist Kike Marin.
The El Confidencial reporter told his 25,000 followers on Twitter that the Spanish playmaker was so content with life with the Gunners that he recently bought a new house in London.
Marin's claim goes against Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, who claimed that the 30-year-old had already provisionally agreed to join Atletico Madrid in the summer. Arsenal were reportedly ready to cash in even though Cazorla has been their standout player this year.
A respected journalist
Arsenal fans can be confident that Marin is telling the truth. The journalist was one of the first to report on Arsene Wenger's interest in Alexis Sanchez and also broke the news that they had bought back Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad with the intention of selling him straight back.
Both deals came to fruition in the summer adding gravitas to his claim that Cazorla has every intention of seeing out his contract at the Emirates Stadium. His current deal expires in 2016, but there is every expectation that Wenger will offer him an extension.
Is Cazorla worth keeping?
Cazorla himself may be wishing for a return to Spain. He is approaching his career peak and he may have a wish to help guide one of his native teams to a La Liga title before the end of his career.
But while London may not have the sunny climes of Madrid, he has plenty of people around him to make him feel. Alexis Sanchez, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin are all Spanish speaking while Cazorla's role in the squad is of growing prominence.
He was named captain for the game against Middlesbrough and has reguarly been praised by fans for his creative play. At times, Cazorla has outshone the £42 million Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal bought Cazorla for around £15 million and they would be within their right to ask for every penny of that from Atletico Madrid. If Wenger wants to clear a path for Ozil as a central figure, Cazorla may need to leave.
Ozil has regularly been shifted to the left side of an attacking trio to accommodate Cazorla while the pint-sized Spaniard has also played a deeper midfield role.
The Frenchman is spoiled for choice in the creative department and also has promising young players like Gedion Zelalem coming through. With Cazorla now the wrong side of 30, you could argue that moving him on could allow younger players like Zelalem to come through, potentially benefitting Arsenal in the future.
It is a tough one, but what do Arsenal fans think? Would you accept a £15 million offer for Santi Cazorla if it meant Mesut Ozil could find his best form? Leave us your thoughts in the comment box below!
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