The out-of-contract midfielder has stepped up his training and could be eyeing a move to a club in the La Liga for the coming season.

Santi Cazorla was released last month by Arsenal after spending six years at the North London club. Injuries to his ankle and Achilles have marred his final two seasons at the club and in the latest bid to get back to match playing fitness, the Daily Mail reports of Cazorla’s training sessions with Alaves’ youth team.

Cazorla spent time with the La Liga club’s youth set-up and stepped up his recovery to full fitness. Some reports suggest that he could be eyeing a move to one of the La Liga clubs in the coming season and Alaves could be an option. However, he was in the town to meet with his surgeon Mikel Sanchez, but apparently could not resist training, albeit with the youth team squad.

Cazorla, while speaking on the club’s official YouTube channel said, “I am grateful to Alaves for the facilities they have offered to me”.

“The facilities here are very good, and they’re even doing work to improve them further.'[The Youth teams and I] have had a nice experience. I tried to make sure they enjoyed the experience.”

Santi Cazorla was released by Arsenal after six years and is now possibly eyeing a return to La Liga for the coming season. (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty)
Santi Cazorla was released by Arsenal after six years and is now possibly eyeing a return to La Liga for the coming season. (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty)

Cazorla also took time to analyse his ankle better during the training process. The former Arsenal playmaker suffered a recurrence of the severe ankle injury, which then required multiple operations as well as a skin graft, which was later taken from his own arm. This injury back in October 2016 effectively ended his Arsenal career.

Since being released by Arsenal, Villareal could be keen on the player and have offered Cazorla the chance to spend pre-season with them. Cazorla likewise is eager to keep fit and prove he’s still got it in him by the time pre-season arrives.

Santi Cazorla joined Arsenal back in 2012 and has gone on to play 180 games in all competitions for the Gunners. In those games, he scored 29 goals and assisted 45 times as he became a fan favourite at the Emirates. Under Arsene Wenger, Cazorla played in many positions and in the end became an accomplished central midfielder for the Gunners.

Arsenal have sorely missed his presence on the field since he went down injured during a Champions League match with Lodugorets back in 2016, and his absence has coincided with Arsenal’s downfall. He missed the entirety of last season and stepped up in late April in a bid to get fit again.

Will Cazorla prove his fitness to sign for a La Liga team in the coming season?

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