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Cazorla on Villarreal return: Arsenal chiefs told me to go to USA

Released Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla admits he could yet hang up the boots before the start of next season.

Cazorla will do preseason with Villarreal in an effort to win a contract.

But he told AS: "I know there is a lot of enthusiasm, that gives me a lot of strength and a lot of joy. That's why I want people to know that I'm going to compete at the highest level and at the moment I cannot do it, I'll be the first to leave. If I cannot contribute, I will not be there, I do not want to deceive anyone, least of all Villarreal.

"Look, when I left Arsenal and seeing how things were, the people of the club told me not to obsess, that the best thing was to play in a minor league, with less demand. A minor league, like the United States or so. But I told them that I wanted to play at the highest level and in Europe. And the best was Villarreal."

Cazorla added: "I know the team well, I always follow them and I know everything there is to know. In addition Villarreal plays how I play, it's perfect for me, there is no better place. The best place to start again is Vila-real and Villarreal."

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