'Arsenal wanted to sign me & I'd like to play in England' - Getafe star Sarabia

EXCLUSIVE: The 22-year-old midfielder came close to joining the Gunners and reveals that he will not "close the door to anything" regarding a potential Premier League move
By Adrian Boullosa

Getafe star Pablo Sarabia has revealed that Arsenal were interested in signing him and that he would be open to a future move to the Premier League.

The former Spain Under-21s international came through the ranks at Real Madrid but only made one appearance for the club, in a Champions League fixture against Auxerre back in 2010, before being offloaded at the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

Sarabia has gone on to make over 50 appearances for Pablo Franco's side and, after being linked with Arsene Wenger's Gunners, he admits that the north Londoners were keen on signing him.

He told Goal: "Yes, it's true that Arsenal were interested in me. Manchester United? People said it ... I didn't ask my agent. 

"I like the Premier League, it's an important league. I don't close the door to anything. Maybe it's a good competition for me and in the future I can play there."

Sarabia also reflected on the scrutiny surrounding the Spanish national team in recent times, with Vicente del Bosque's side having slumped to two defeats from their last three matches.

He said: "It isn't an easy stage for the national team. Spain were not accustomed to winning and they have enjoyed some years of splendour. All the teams around the world wanted to beat us because we were the best. 

"We were the envy of the world and we must value that. That's more important to highlight than criticising the team. You cannot always win.

"We had a spectacular squad, but we have to renew it. Young players are doing a great job, but it is going to be difficult. I'm sure Del Bosque will make the right decision."