Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has admitted he would be open to a return to La Liga in the future, but has dismissed suggestions that an imminent move is on his mind.
Cazorla, 29, joined Arsenal in August 2012 from Malaga for around £16 million, and soon established himself as a fan favourite with a stellar debut campaign, grabbing 12 goals and 14 assists in 49 total appearances.
The Spain international struggled with an ankle problem through his second season, however, netting just seven times in 46 games, and, despite putting pen to paper on a new deal until 2017 in March, several reports over the summer claimed that he was contemplating an exit.
Talks over a potential transfer to Atletico Madrid were thought to have been held at one stage but, while Cazorla has left the door open for an eventual move back to his homeland, he stresses that there has been no truth to recent rumours.
"There were just rumours,” he told IBTimes UK.
"I already told it during the summer. Nobody told me anything to me. I am at Arsenal and let's see what happens in the future.
"I don't rule out [a future in La Liga]. I have played there most of my career, except during the last three seasons, and a footballer never knows what coming next. But I am open to everything."
After a slow start to this season, Cazorla appears to be rediscovering his form in recent weeks, with a starring performance in the 2-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund earning him widespread praise.
However, with numerous injuries hampering Arsene Wenger’s side, and Premier League leaders Chelsea showing no signs of slowing down, the 69-times capped winger admits to have being left frustrated at watching their title aspirations evaporate.
“At the beginning of the season we had the hope to win the Premier League and every competition but we know that now is very complicated," he said.
"Chelsea are very strong and they lead the table with many points from us, so we are aware it will be difficult to fight for the title. Now we have to look at other short-term targets like securing the Champions League places."