WATCH: Cazorla explains his decision to leave European football

Cazorla had returned to the Spanish club in 2018 after recovering from a career-threatening ankle injury.

Santi Cazorla has joined Al Saad.   -  Getty Images

In a farewell press conference, Santi Cazorla expressed his gratitude for Villarreal CF and explained the reason behind his decision to leave behind European football.

Cazorla had returned to the Spanish club in 2018 after recovering from a career-threatening ankle injury. The former Arsenal player continued delivering impressive performances, helping Villarreal to qualify for next season's Europa League.

The 35-year-old has signed for Qatari club Al-Saad, which is managed by Xavi Hernandez.

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