It has been reported that Santi Cazorla has apologised to Malaga supporters for the way he left the club for Arsenal back in 2012.
The 30-year old attacking midfielder departed La Rosaleda to join the Gunners when the Albicelestes were experiencing financial difficulty.
The Spanish international admits the transfer happened very rapidly and has said sorry to the fans of the Andalusian outfit for the manner in which he exited.
“I left because the club needed money,” Cazorla said.
“Arsenal was a good opportunity, but Malaga wasn’t stable and it wasn’t clear where they were headed.
“I know that in Malaga lots of people haven’t forgiven me for the way I left.
“When I signed for Arsenal, everything happened so quick, I had to go to London.
“Arsenal had already started their pre-season and I had to go over there for a medical, and then I had to go to Holland to start to train with the squad.
“That all meant that 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 as I know that would have been the best thing. It still bothers me that I didn’t get to do that for the fans.”