Key Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has admitted that he has not opened negotiations over a new contract with the North London club.

The Spain international midfielder has been a critical creative force for the Gunners in recent seasons and has been getting the nod to play this term by Arsene Wenger – despite competition for places in the Emirates Stadium outfit’s boiler room.

Cazorla is out of contract this summer and as such he is within his rights to talk to other clubs over a potential summer move from January.

Despite the 31-year-old being in the last year of his current deal, the former Malaga man has admitted that talks over an extension have not been brought up by the Premier League club as yet.

“No, I don’t have any news from the club [regarding a new contract],” Cazorla told Cadena Ser.

“My focus now is on playing and to be able to enjoy playing football following a season when I had lots of [injury] problems.

“I hope I can stay here and continue to play. I am happy here. What a player wants is to play and to feel important. Fortunately, since I arrived at Arsenal, I’ve had the confidence of the coach and of my teammates. I’ve played a lot of minutes. In the end, that is what every player wants.”

Cazorla has competition for a starting berth at Arsenal, with Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin all in the running to play also.

However, the Spaniard has been trusted to feature in the Premier League and in Europe this term, with his range of passing a key element to the English team’s expansive style of play.

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