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Arsenal hero Cazorla has football retirement plan - but not coaching

Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla admits he doesn't see himself entering coaching.

Instead, the Arsenal hero fancies becoming a sporting director when he hangs up the boots.

At 35-years-old it is believed that Cazorla will retire from football when his contract expires this summer, after scoring 12 times in 29 appearances for his hometown club Villarreal this season.

He told Cadena SER: "I have already made my decision, but right now is not the time to say anything. I have an idea of what I want, but in due course I will reveal what I've decided. Now is not the time because we have to be focused on competing.

"[The season suspension] has helped me think, listen to my body, but I do not want to pre-empt you or to speculate too much.

"I don't know [if I will continue my playing career elsewhere], I have an idea but when the time comes I will communicate it and give the explanations. Now we have to be focused.

"I want to remain linked to football. I could be a coach, but I see myself more in a sporting director role."

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