Transfer target Cazorla praises Atletico but hints at Arsenal stay

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Santi Cazorla has been signing the praises of Atletico Madrid, a team who wants to sign him. But Arsenal fans should not fear.

This summer has seen much speculation surrounding the future of Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla. A fan favourite he may be, but when everyone is fit it is hard to see all of Arsene Wenger's many midfielders being left happy with their playing time.

With that in mind he has been strongly linked with a move to Atletico Madrid in recent weeks. Cazorla has himself stated he is open-minded about a move back to his Spanish homeland - at some point in his career.

With Los Colchoneros losing some big names this summer and of course hoping to retain their La Liga title signings are expected. Just this morning it was reported that a deal to sign Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad was nearing completion.

But what of Cazorla, would he fancy a move to Atletico?

Interestingly he has in fact been talking up the club in an interview with Spanish publication Marca this weekend. He said of the unfashionable but worthy 2013-14 Spanish champions:

"Atlético are a good example to follow. They had an incredible season last time out. A lot of people don't appreciate how hard it is to win the league when you're up against Barça and Real Madrid."

But to leave the story there would be misleading. As while Cazorla did sing the praises of the team heavily linked with his signature - it came after he said this of the upcoming Premier League campaign with current club Arsenal:

"I have high hopes. The signing of Alexis Sánchez and Mathieu Debuchy shows that the club is building a team to challenge. Hopefully we can lift at least another trophy this campaign...

"I'm expecting a very open title race. City are the reigning champions; United are going to strengthen in a big way and, since they aren't in Europe, will be able to focus on the league; Chelsea have made great signings like Diego Costa, Cesc Fàbregas, Thibaut Courtois and Didier Drobga, while Liverpool have proven they are contenders."

Cazorla was merely comparing Arsenal to Atletico in that, while unfancied by many, if they can become difficult to beat and pick up good results against their contenders than the title could be coming back to The Emirates.

Cazorla certainly doesn't sound like a man ready to jump ship to the Vicente Calderon. However he would like his current team to replicate their success.

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