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Santi Cazorla shows Real Madrid, Spain, Arsenal that he's still got the magic at Villarreal

Cazorla's performance vs. Real Madrid on Thursday wowed the crowds and showed that even after all he's been through, he's still a phenomenal player.
Santi Cazorla's performance vs. Real Madrid on Thursday wowed the crowds and showed that even after all he's been through, he's still a phenomenal player.

"It's a secret," Santi Cazorla said, and then he started laughing. "But what I can tell you is that I was almost more nervous than for my debut. I was thinking, 'If I mess this up, I'm going to be left in there ...'" And with that, he fell about, giggling all over again.

He'd been put back together over 10 operations in two years; now it was all he could do to hold himself together as he told the story of the day he came back, cracking up as he went.

Two years since he last graced a professional...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona turn to Pablo Fornals as Man City, PSG battle for Frenkie de Jong

With Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly eyeing Christian Pulisic, Ale Moreno and Craig Burley discuss whether he should leave Dortmund or stay put.
The FC crew feel recent statements by Barcelona players about Ousmane Dembele are an effort to help him regain focus and form at the club.

With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest.

TOP STORY: Barca to lose out on de Jong

Barcelona's long pursuit of Frenkie de Jong could be coming to an end as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly prepare a bidding war for the Ajax midfielder.

While de Jong is likely to cost upward of €50 million, Marca are reporting that Barca's attentions have switched to Villarreal's Pablo...

Spanish football rejoices as Santi Cazorla returns to action with Villarreal

Cazorla's comeback isn't just a personal triumph for the Spain midfielder; it's bringing joy to Spanish football, too.
Santi Cazorla's comeback isn't just a personal triumph for the Spain midfielder; it's bringing joy to Spanish football, too.

It's the little things in life. On Friday night, Santi Cazorla played football, a simple thing that is extraordinary. To be exact: He played 75 good minutes in a 1-0 defeat vs. Girona. For 668 days, he couldn't. Between October 2016, when Arsenal faced Ludogorets, and August 2018, when Villarreal played Real Sociedad, Cazorla limped, cycled and sometimes ran, usually not for long before he was forced to stop. So, he started up again.

He lay on a physio's bench and a surgeon's table, for hours...

Santi Cazorla's Villarreal unveiling storms social media after stunning smoke show

After being released by Arsenal a few months ago, Santi Cazorla spent the summer working his way back to fitness and attempting to earn a contract with former club Villarreal.

It was then announced at the beginning of June that the 33-year-old had done enough to convince the Yellow Submarine to sign him up despite having not played a competitive game for over two years due to a chronic tendon injury.

So, it was left to Villarreal to unveil their new man on Thursday and, playing on Cazorla's "Little...

 By Chris Wright

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta given ceramic yellow submarine by Villarreal

Villarreal welcomed Barcelona to the Estadio de la Ceramica on Wednesday night and as such used the occasion to pay tribute to the departing Andres Iniesta.

The festivities began before kick-off when the home side formed a guard of honour for Iniesta and the rest of Barca's title-winning players -- something Real Madrid refused to do before Sunday's Clasico.

Villarreal then took the liberty of presenting Iniesta with a small yellow ceramic submarine during the prematch formalities.

Mario Gaspar...

Barcelona stay top of La Liga as Messi, Neymar, Suarez strike to beat Villarreal

BARCELONA, Spain -- Three thoughts from Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday.

1. Barcelona stay top with Villarreal win

This was supposed to be the game in which Barcelona could come unstuck. But by the time the final whistle blew, Villarreal -- who boast La Liga's second-best defence -- had conceded four and were perhaps grateful they hadn't conceded more. Lionel Messi scored twice and Luis Suarez and Neymar were also on target as manager Luis Enrique's side won 4-1, racking...