Santi Cazorla could be available again this summer as the midfielder admits he has not received an offer of a new contract from Villarreal yet.
Cazorla spoke recently about how good he was feeling and how he’d like to continue playing for a few more years. On the evidence of this season, he should be more than able to do that, but nobody has seen fit to offer him a new deal. Yet.
“We will see the future,” Cazorla said. “I do not propose to negotiate anything because the first thing to do is save the team, there is no player more important than the club, and now speaking about contracts, I think it is a lack of respect for what the club is going through.”
Villarreal are currently fighting to ensure they are not relegated at the end of the season but Cazorla expects to sit down with the club as soon as they achieve safety. They currently sit just outside the relegation places in 17th with 29 points from 28 games, four points clear of Celta Vigo in 18th.
“Today we do not have anything on the table,” Cazorla continued. “As soon as we achieve the goal (of securing their La Liga future), we will all sit down to see the options and what is best for each one.”
I’m not sure there was anyone on the planet, apart from Santi, who felt the midfielder could make a return to the top level of football after almost losing his foot following surgical complications.
Arsenal let him leave at the end of his contract, Villarreal snapped him up and they haven’t been disappointed. Four goals and six assists in 25 La Liga games, Santi has averaged around 73 minutes per game domestically this season.
In another recent interview with Mundo Deportivo, he added, “Every game is a final and that makes us suffer a lot, fighting to be saved has nothing to do … The injury was my suffering, but this is the suffering of many people and a club that you want, I would even sign for not playing anymore and that the team will be saved.”