Santi Cazorla signs deal at Villarreal

Santi Cazorla has signed a one-year contract with Villarreal with the option to extend by a further season, it has been confirmed.

The 33-year-old has suffered a number of injury problems and was released by Arsenal at the end of last season, before earning a trial at Villarreal.

Cazorla has played for seven seasons across two spells at the Yellow Submarine whilst also playing for Recreativo de Huelva and Malaga.

The former Gunners playmaker made his first appearance in 636 days last month following his last outing in October 2016, after a serious of ankle injury problems.

“I feel like a footballer again, it’s really special,” Cazorla told Villarreal club media, after the outing.

“It has been a really promising few months and the help from everyone during that time will remain with me for the rest of my life, and many have given me the strength to carry through.

“Coming on in a match was almost unthinkable 20 months ago and now I just want to find the rhythm to play football regularly as it is what I love.”

Cazorla had to undergo eight operations while he previously explained that doctors had told him he would be lucky to walk again.

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