Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Villarreal to release Cazorla, Bruno Soriano to retire

Santi Cazorla’s contract at Villarreal is about to expire at the end of the month and the club have decided not to extend it, head coach Javi Calleja has revealed.

The midfielder started his professional career at Villarreal, and having had stints with Recreativo Huelva and Malaga, he joined Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in 2012 after winning successive European championships with Spain. His time in north London has been heavily hit with severe injuries, but relatively successful nonetheless, with two FA Cups to show for it. He rejoined Villarreal as a free agent in 2018.

Cazorla has recently been linked with Besiktas, though some reports in England suggest a return to Arsenal could happen as well.

Meanwhile, the contract of captain Bruno Soriano is also set to expire and the 36-year-old will then retire after spending his entire career at the Estadio de la Ceramica stadium, also known as El Madrigal. In all competitions, Bruno made a total of 422 appearances in the yellow shirt, spread over 14 years which have passed since his promotion to the first team.

This season, however, he only played six times towards the end of the campaign, having spent a lot of time on the sidelines, but both he and Cazorla will likely make one final appearance for Villarreal when they take on Eibar on Sunday.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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