Santi Cazorla has no regrets about joining Arsenal after revealing Real Madrid showed an interest in him.

The Spanish ace switched to the Gunners from Malaga a year ago in a £16million move and has gone on to establish himself in Arsene Wenger's midfield.

Cazorla has nothing but praise for his former boss Manuel Pellegrini the current Manchester City supremo who managed him at both Villarreal and Malaga and he is glad he switched to the Gunners.

He told The Sun on Sunday: "Real showed interest and the negotiations started but it didn't become concrete.

"There is nothing to regret about that everything has worked out well.

"Pellegrini was always honest and direct. He told me I would not play for Villarreal for a year because I needed to go out and get experience and he sent me to Recreativo.