Santi Cazorla returns to VillarrealJune 5, 2018
Santi Cazorla has returned to Villarreal in a bid to reignite his career, following a long injury spell at Arsenal.
As expected, the La Liga side were determined to agree a move for Cazorla to return to the Estadio de Ceramica after Arsenal failed to extend his deal at with Premier League side Arsenal.
Cazorla returned from a long term injury to train with Alaves once the English season finished, but the Gunners opted not to renew his contract past June.
The 33-year-old has not played a professional game since October 2016 due to a chronic Achilles injury that has seen him undergo 11 different operations, including a skin graft after losing eight centimetres of tendon in his right ankle.
A statement from the Spanish club said: “Santi Cazorla returns home. The Asturian footballer will spend the pre-season with the first team of Villarreal with the aim of recovering from an operation in the Achilles tendon of the right leg, which was held on November 28 by Doctor Mikel Sanchez.”
Cazorla made 241 appearances for El Submarino Amarillo in two separate spells between 2003 and 2011 and will now return to pre-season training following the summer break.
Villarreal boss Javi Calleja will be hoping his arrival can add experience and a competitive nature to his side after seeing youngster Rodri leave the club for Atletico Madrid last month.