Santi Cazorla has again moved to rubbish claims that he is set to leave Arsenal this summer, labelling reports of a potential move to Atletico Madrid ‘paper talk’.
With Atletico manager Diego Simeone said to be a big fan of his, Cazorla had fuelled speculation surrounding his future during the World Cup, when he admitted that he had spoken to his Spain teammates about what life was like at the La Liga club.
However, the midfielder has since distanced himself from those links and, after netting the opening goal in Sunday’s 3-0 Community Shield win over Manchester City, maintains that he is looking forward to a successful season with the Gunners.
‘I've seen that in the papers, but nobody has told me anything personally and the only things I know are from the papers, so I don't know anything,’ he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.
‘I'm only focused on training here and preparing well playing with Arsenal. It's paper talk. I'm well, I have the confidence of everybody, the support of the fans and we hope to have a good season.’
After joining Arsenal in August 2012 from Malaga for £15 million, Cazorla would go on to experience a stellar first season at the Emirates, scoring 12 times in 38 Premier League games.
His second campaign was less successful production-wise, with just four goals from 34 top-flight appearances, but the former Villarreal star did net the side’s first goal in the 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull to claim their first piece of silverware since 2005.
Looking to capitalise on that momentum, Arsenal got off to a good start on the weekend but, if Cazorla is indeed staying at the club, then they will need to 29-year-old to be at his best in order to beat their rivals to the title.