Santi Cazorla has insisted he is happy to remain at Arsenal for the foreseeable future despite reported interest from Atletico Madrid. However, he also suggested that he could leave if his role in the squad changes.
The Spain international has been one of Arsenal's most consistent performers since arriving from Malaga in 2012. He was named the player of the season by Gunners fans after his debut campaign and still brings a significant creative presence.
For a time, however, it appeared as if he was falling out of Arsene Wenger's favour. It seemed the 29-year-old's place in the team would be sacrificed to accommodate the arrival of Mesut Ozil and there were suggestions that he was unhappy in north London.
Atletico Madrid were believed to be very interested in bringing the diminutive playmaker back to La Liga and the player himself was also reportedly keen to push the deal though.
"I'm saying that I like it very much and, as long as the club value me as they have done until now, then I'll continue"
But Cazorla has now found himself back in Wenger's plans once again and is now considered a fans' favourite. He is now happy to admit that he and his family are content with life at Arsenal and that he can only see himself leaving if the club stop valuing him.
He told El Mundo: "Right now I haven't heard from anybody, it's just rumours.
"And, to tell the truth, it doesn't concern me too much. What I'm concerned about is Arsenal, where I'm doing well.
"In the future, we'll see. I'm saying that I like it very much and, as long as the club value me as they have done until now, then I'll continue.
"In London I live in Hampstead, 15 minutes from the centre and 15 from the training ground, and I'm very comfortable. It's calm, an ideal place to send your children to school. They're speaking the language so quickly it's hard to keep up. It is important for them, for my girlfriend and me, of course."
The £80,000-a-week star is contracted to Arsenal until 2017, taking him over his 30th birthday. Wenger has had some trouble keeping those over 30 in his plans, but Cazorla could thrive for many more years if given the chance.
As the tweet below shows, Cazorla has been the most creative player in the Premier League since his arrival. Interestingly, he has exactly the same number of goals for Arsenal as he does assists, adding weight to the argument that he is a more complete attacking midfielder than, say, Ozil.
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