Santi Cazorla to spend pre-season at Villarreal after Arsenal exit
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 05/06/18 3:07pm
Santi Cazorla will spend pre-season with former club Villarreal in a bid to regain full fitness following his Achilles operation, the LaLiga club have announced.
The 33-year-old former Spain international is a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of the 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."
The Spaniard scored 29 goals in 180 appearances for the Gunners, but his last appearance was back in October 2016.