Arsenal yet to offer a contract extension to Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla is happy with his role at Arsenal but has yet to be offered a new deal by the Gunners.
Cazorla has scored 29 goals for the North London side since his move to the Emirates from Malaga in 2012. The 31-year-old footballer has already scored two goals and assisted another two this season for the Londoners and is a fan-favorite for the Arsenal faithful.
“No. I don't have any news from the club in that respect. My focus now is on playing and to be able to enjoy playing football following a season when I had lots of injury problems,” Cazorla said to Cadena Ser when asked about a possible contract extension.
Cazorla happy at the Emirates
The midfielder admitted that he is happy in London and hopes to play for the London-based club in the future.
"I hope I can stay here and continue to play," said Cazorla. “I am happy here. What a player wants is to play and to feel important. Fortunately, since I arrived at Arsenal, I've had the confidence of the coach and of my teammates. I've played a lot of minutes. In the end, that is what every player wants,” the Spanish player added.
However, the midfielder feels both him and his club will decide his future next year. “I have this season left under contract and we will see what the club decides regarding my future. I will also decide what is best for me,” the Spaniard said.
On his recent injury issues
The veteran midfielder was left out of the Euro 2016 squad following several injuries that kept him out of the line-up earlier this season. He also missed a national team slot in the last World Cup in Brazil because of a Hernia problem.
Talking about his injury problems, Cazorla said, "I had some knee issues and Achilles tendon problems at the end of last season and it was right that I wasn't included in the Euro 2016 squad.”
However, Cazorla also feels that it is always difficult for him to not be selected for the national team and hopes to be back into the Spain squad in the near future, “I'm well now and I'm enjoying myself. I'm playing a lot more with my club. But I always have hope that I can be back in the Spain squad.”
This year, the newly appointed Spain national football team manager Julen Lopetegui has left Cazorla out of his first squad selection for the Spaniards’ matches against Italy and Albania next month.
Cazorla’s current contract with Arsenal ends in June next year.