Barcelona striker David Villa has admitted that he is “happy” at the club despite reports linking him with a move away from the club. Arsenal and other top European sides are reportedly interested in the Spain international but he is adamant that he will honour his contract with the La Liga champions.
Rumours in the Spanish media on the weekend suggested that David Villa has agreed to join Arsenal ahead of next season, with Tottenham and Liverpool believed to no longer be in the running for the 31-year-old’s signature.
However, Villa refused to be drawn on the subject, stressing he is only concentrating on his international duties with Spain, who will jet off to the United States for International Friendlies against Haiti and Republic of Ireland before travelling to Brazil later this month for the Confederations Cup.
Espn quoted Villa saying :
I have a contract and I have always said that I’m very happy at Barcelona.
Throughout my career I have always been respectful of my current club. Right now I’m just thinking about doing a good job in Brazil and then we will see.
We will have to analyse many things during the summer, but as of right now I’m not thinking of anything else other than playing football for Spain.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is aiming to bolster his attack by bringing in a veteran striker. The Frenchman expressed intentions of pursuing David last summer and during the winter transfer window, but Barcelona refused to accept any offers.
Since they have now signed in the Brazilian football prodigy, Neymar, the doors to David Villa’s exit might have opened. Therefore, Barcelona could be willing to sell the Spain’s top goal scorer for a cut-price deal.
Despite being 31 years old, the Spanish striker still remains one of the best finishers in the world and brings with him vast experience and a winning mentality to the squad. His movement and runs off the ball are fantastic and enable him to get behind defences, though he lacks his electric pace of old. The Spaniard has the ability to score different types of goals and can prove to be a nightmare to defend, especially when he is on form.
Though his best position is that of a centre-forward, he is also quite versatile and can also play effectively on the wings as he did for most of his time at Barcelona. The Spaniard’s link-up and hold-up play is also decent and can also play in tandem with another striker, which is also an option for Wenger, considering that both Giroud and Villa are very different players.
Can David Villa be the Target man for Arsenal next season? What you think Gooners?