Arsenal Midfielder Admits Real Madrid Talks
Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has admitted he held talks with Spanish giants Real Madrid before deciding on a move to the Premier League with the Gunners.
Cazorla, who has proved to be one of the best signings in the Premier League over the past two seasons, has become a fan favourite at the Emirates but may have ended up at Real Madrid instead.
The 29-year-old joined from Malaga in 2012, having played for Spanish clubs Vilarreal and Recreativo beforehand, revealing that he could have stayed in Spain with Real had talks materialised, the Express reports.
"Those two clubs [Barcelona and Real Madrid] are monuments of Spanish football. They make all players dream. I had contact with Madrid a few years ago, but it didn't come off,” he told French publication RMC.
"Several times, destiny has meant that I haven't been able to join one of those two clubs. But my career has just happened like that, and I don't regret anything."
Speaking about Arsenal teammate Olivier Giroud, the Spanish midfielder rated the French international with the likes of Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero as one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
"He's playing at a great level and improves year on year.
"He's at the same level as the other forwards in the league.
"He's strong and can keep the ball. In the penalty box, he's effective, whether that be with both feet or his head. He's a bit different to what you usually see in England, but he brings us a lot.
"He's a great striker, and we've seen that since the start of the season. He's also doing great things with the French national team."
Arsenal will need Giroud and Cazorla to be on top form following their failure to sign a striker during the January transfer window as they continue their bid for Premier League glory this season.