Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla says he wants to return to Spain to play for Real Oviedo before he calls time on his career.
However the 30-year-old admits that is unlikely to happen in the near future as he looks to help Arsenal push Chelsea all the way in the Premier League title race this season.
Cazorla spent nine years with Oviedo before moving to Villarreal, where he was then picked up by the Gunners from Malaga for a fee of around £16 million in 2012.
Oviedo have produced a host of top players in recent years including Manchester United ace Juan Mata and on-loan Napoli forward Michu, and Cazorla says he wants to go back to where it all started before he hangs up his boots.
"It is the club of my home and I will be a supporter all my life,” the Arsenal ace told AS. "It is the club where I grew up from nine to 18.
“I spent my career there, I learned a lot as a player and hopefully I can wear that shirt. In the short term it will be difficult, but hopefully in a few years I can do that. It is the team of which I was, I am, and will be a supporter of for all of my life.”
Cazorla has so far made 45 appearances for Arsenal this season as they chase FA Cup and Premier League success, however there are more than a few question marks over his future. The playmaker has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid ahead of the summer transfer window, although he recently insisted he was happy at the Emirates Stadium despite the added competition from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
"I've heard (about Atletico's interest), like everybody," he said. 'But at the moment there is nothing concrete, only rumours. I don't worry about that. "I'm focused on Arsenal, where I am very happy. I have another year on my contract and the option for one more.'
It's always nice to see a big star yearn to return to their roots before they hang up their boots, but this is a conversation for the future. What's more pressing is what Cazorla's imminent future this summer, with a return to Spain with Atletico Madrid possible.
He's played plenty of games for Arsenal this season but of late Arsene Wenger has been making big moves in the transfer market and he could find himself phased out when the new season rolls around. Cazorla has been a fine player for Arsenal but if they are to kick on and win the title, then perhaps an upgrade is needed.
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