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Arsenal Star Feels Guilty Over Ugly Transfer

Spaniard feels bad over the manner of his departure from the his previous club.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he is sorry that he never said a proper goodbye to Malaga fans before his departure in 2012, reports the London Evening Standard.

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“I know that in Malaga lots of people haven’t forgiven me for the way I left,” Cazorla told the free newspaper. “When I signed for Arsenal, everything happened so quick, I had to go to London.

“I couldn’t go to Malaga to hold a press conference to say goodbye to everyone face to face.

“In the end, I could only write a letter in which I expressed my gratitude and my affection for the club. I know a lot of people didn’t like that. I’d like to apologise for not being able to say goodbye properly,” Cazorla said.

The 30-year-old was only with Malaga for one season – having signed from Villarreal for around £17.5m in 2011, but he played in every league game and helped the club qualify for the Champions League, before his departure for London for a fee believed to be around £16m.

Cazorla insists that it was not originally his choice to leave the club.

“I left because the club needed money. Arsenal was a good opportunity, but Malaga wasn’t stable and it wasn’t clear where they were headed,” he added.

Despite being one of Arsenal’s best players this season, Cazorla is heavily linked to a summer return to Spain, with Atletico Madrid seeming the most likely destination.

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