Cazorla refuses to rule out summer exit from Arsenal


Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving the Gunners this summer and ‘won’t think’ about his future until after the World Cup.

Reports emanating from Spain suggest that Cazorla is at the top of Atletico Madrid’s wish list this summer and could be the subject of a big-money bid from Diego Simeone’s men.

Cazorla, who joined Arsenal from Malaga for £12 million in 2012, has made 95 appearances for the north Londoners and bagged 19 goals during his time at the club – including a crucial free-kick in last month’s FA Cup final against Hull City.

“I won’t think about it until the end of the World Cup. I told my agents that I didn’t say anything to stop the rumours,”, said Cazorla.

“I’ve been told it’s a good club by Villa, Koke and Juanfran. And I know Atletico well. I won’t know if there’s anything there until after the World Cup and I don’t want to know.”

The 29-year-old may not be guaranteed a regular starting place next season with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger likely to implement a rotation policy due to the club’s wealth of midfielders.

Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Mesut Özil and Abou Diaby will all be competing for places next season.

Cazorla would almost be guaranteed first team football at Atletico with star midfielders Diego Ribas and Koke expected to leave the Champions League finalists this summer.

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