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Villarreal Sign Arsenal Midfielder Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla will spend pre-season with former club Villarreal in a bid to regain full fitness following his Achilles operation, the La Liga club have announced.

The 33-year-old former Spain international is a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.

Cazorla came up through the youth ranks at Villarreal and made 241 first-team appearances for the club before moving to Malaga in 2011, and then onto the Gunners a year later.

A Villarreal statement read:

‘Santi Cazorla returns home.

‘The Asturian player will take part in pre-season with the Villarreal first team (July 9) with the objective of recovering from an Achilles tendon operation in his right leg, which he had last November 28.’

Cazorla hasn’t played since October 2016 due to an Achilles injury but he returned to training with Arsenal towards the end of last season.

At his peak Cazorla produced some outstanding performances for Arsenal, helping them to win the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015.

Of late Cazorla has been training with the Alaves youth team in order to build up his fitness.

Cazorla will hope to impress sufficiently in pre-season in order to earn a contract with Villarreal.

2003-2006: Villarreal
2006-2007: Recreativo Huelva
2007-2011: Villarreal
2011-2012: Malaga
2012-2018: Arsenal