Friday, September 29, 2023

Santi Cazorla plays Gandalf in bizarre transfer announcement that features Arsenal shirt

Arsenal legend Santi Cazorla joined his boyhood club Real Oviedo and was involved in a bizarre announcement video.

The Gunners favourite has penned a one-year-deal with the Spanish outfit, after leaving Qatari side Al Sadd where he spent three years.

Cazorla was given a strange transfer announcement by Real OviedoTwitter @RealOviedo

Playing the role of Gandalf, it was like a scene from Lord of the RingsTwitter @RealOviedo

Cazorla joins his boyhood club Oviedo on a one-year dealTwitter @RealOviedo

An Arsenal shirt featured in the Cazorla announcement videoTwitter

Cazorla is a huge Oviedo fan having spent the majority of his youth career at the club from 1996-2003, before joining Villarreal.

His transfer to the LaLiga Segunda Division side was announced in peculiar fashion.

The 38-year-old is known among fans as being a ‘magician’, with the club’s unveiling of him mirroring a scene from Lord of the Rings.

Cazorla can be seen donning a wizard costume in a cart, with Arsenal and Villarreal shirts either side, whilst he plays the role of Gandalf.

The midfielder is reported to have taken a huge pay cut to return to his boyhood club, accepting the league minimum.

According to AS, the minimum salary in the Segunda Division is €77,500-per-year (£66,200).

He had been earning an estimated £1.3million while playing for Saudi Pro League side Al Sadd.

According to Revelo, Cazorla has sacrificed his image rights, with ten per cent of his shirt sales being invested into Oviedo’s youth academy.

A statement from the club, read: “The new Carbayón footballer, longing for the Oviedista fans, arrives free and signs for a year to go on to collect the minimum professional salary set by LaLiga for the Spanish Second Division.

“In addition, the man from Lugo de Llanera cedes all image rights to his heart’s club with a single condition: 10 per cent of the sale of his shirts will be dedicated entirely to investment in the blue quarry.

“Santi Cazorla will not make statements until the moment of his official presentation.”

Cazorla is primarily known for his time at Arsenal, having joined the club from Malaga in 2012.

Cazorla was a fan favourite during his time with the Gunnersgetty

Spending six campaign’s in north London with the Gunners, he netted 29 goals, contributing to 45 assists in 180 appearances.

He also picked up two FA Cup’s in the process, before re-joining Villarreal.

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