Santi Cazorla says he’s just taking things day by day, refusing to get carried away with the possibility of playing in the European Championships next summer.
Cazorla received his second call-up of the year for the current international break, and he played the final half an hour of Spain’s draw with Norway on Saturday.
With his country five points clear at the top of their Euro 2020 qualification group and only three matches left, it would take something completely catastrophic for them to fail to qualify for the competition now.
As a result, the attention has already turned to the summer tournament and the players who might be involved in it. Despite turning 35 in December, Cazorla certainly appears to be in contention right now. The player insists he can’t afford to think that far ahead though.
“I’m thinking about the day-to-day,” Cazorla said. “In football, it’s been shown that setting long-term goals is of no use. I focus on enjoying the moment and contributing my grain of sand. The future will tell if I can choose to be among the squad.”
Cazorla has been in great form with Villarreal this campaign, scoring four and assisting three in eight league games, including a goal away to Barcelona. He’s fully earned his place in the national side, but whether he can keep it up until the summer is another matter.
It’s remarkable that the midfielder has even managed to come this far, after 668 days out with an injury that at one point appeared to threaten his ability to walk, let alone his playing career. Good luck to him for the rest of the season!