Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has come out to admit that he never thought about leaving the club despite speculation of a possible exit, Express reports.
The 30-year-old was linked with a return to Spain during the summer as Atletico Madrid emerged as a potential destination.
It was earlier believed that with only a year left on his current deal at the Emirates, the midfielder could decide leave, but has now extended his stay after signing a new contract back in July.
However, Cazorla has once again come out to deny any truth to the rumours as he blames the media for making stuff up.
“I never said I wanted to return to Spain,” he said.
“Those things just came from the press. I don’t understand why they publish that story because I have always been happy at the club.”
He was earlier tipped to have a limited role given the high level of competition for places in the middle of the park, but an injury to Jack Wilshere has now seen him hold down a regular place under manager Arsene Wenger.
The Spain international has so far started all five of his Premier League fixtures this term while managing to provide one assist, but is yet to register his first goal of the campaign.