Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has admitted that he would not rule out a return to Villarreal before he hangs up his boots.
Cazorla, who joined Arsenal in a €19m move from Malaga in 2012, is under contract for just one more year although reports claim the Gunners will approach him over extending his stay.
The Spaniard has been out of action through injury since November and despite his importance in the Arsenal squad, he insists he could one day return to Villarreal where he played for a total of eight years.
“I would not rule out returning to Villarreal [at some point],” he said in AS via ESPN. “Everyone knows how special that club is for me.
“If I get permission from my club I will be attending the second leg at Anfield, as another ‘groguet’ [‘yellow’] supporter.”
The 31-year-old also backed his former club to beat Liverpool in the Europa League semi-finals.
“It’s a very even tie but I believe if Villarreal play as they can, they have a great chance to go through,” Cazorla said. “Any team can suffer at Anfield, and they will suffer for sure. But they key to the tie will be [the first leg] at El Madrigal.
“[Liverpool] have a clear philosophy, they are an intense team up front, they press very high up, but if Villarreal get past this pressure and can move the ball around, they will have made a lot of progress.”