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David Villa "Now is the right time to move"

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After flirting with several English clubs in the past, David Villa is eyeing up a move to the Barclays Premier League. The Valencia striker has had a change of heart after failing to secure a transfer to Barcelona or Real Madrid last summer and is finally ready to leave Spain, a message that will be received with interest in the boardrooms of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.As a lightning-fast forward with a rare eye for goal, Villa’s skills remain as compelling as ever, but his circumstances have changed. In an interview with The Times, the 29-year-old admits for the first time that he is willing to move abroad and is ready for a challenge beyond the two giants of Spanish football, which was not the case when Chelsea made a £36 million bid last summer.“Quite simply, I rejected the possibility of moving abroad at that moment because there were issues that would not allow me to leave my country . . . my wife was pregnant and it didn’t seem right to leave,” he said.“I like the Premier League a lot. It’s the league I follow the most along with La Liga and I’ve got a lot of friends playing there.“There are a lot of globally important teams there that play very good football.”Despite his frustrations at the start of the season, Villa has maintained his outstanding form in front of goal and his 12 goals in 14 league games show that his professionalism prevents his disappointment from affecting his performances.This has not gone unnoticed by Europe’s top clubs, who are already aware that, with 35 goals in 54 appearances as a full international with Spain, Villa scores goals whatever the circumstances.“I have a duty to Valencia, it’s my club: the one that pays my wages and with whom I have a contract,” he said. “This summer they’ll have a look at things, analyse them and in time we’ll see what happens.“All I can do now is stay relaxed, try and score as many goals as possible and have a good a season as possible, as much as with my club as with the national team.”Valencia have admitted that they need to find about £40 million by the end of next summer to remain solvent — reports claim they have more than €700 million (about £620 million) in debt — and that they must listen to offers for Juan Manuel Mata, David Silva and Villa.Consequently, the striker is preparing his young family for a move: his English is improving and he is engaging in frequent conversations with Spanish friends, including players and journalists, who have already made the move abroad.However, Villa’s willingness and capacity to adapt to another country have been questioned by some of his closest allies in the Valencia squad. A senior player said: “He [Villa] needs friends around him. He needs to joke, be understood, be listened to and feel secure in his comfort zone.”Villa is quick to disagree. “That’s not true. I think that’s said because of what happened in the summer when I rejected a move to another league. I’m someone who left home at 21 years of age to be with my wife and I’ve always been a long way from my family — and I really don’t see them all that often. I’m a survivor.“Adapting to a new language, to the football, it’s all part of being a footballer. Having said that, I’m comfortable here, calm, happy; I show that better out on the pitch than in front of a microphone.“We’re still a long way off from the months of June and July, and when they come around we’ll analyse the situation then.”There may be another twist to this story in March, when the contract runs out with his representative, José Luis Tamargo. Countless agents have been in touch with the player, promising him the best deal out of a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.Tamargo has been contacted by the decision-makers at Chelsea, Manchester City, United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the past two years, but the list of realistic potential suitors in England has been reduced to just three.Chelsea would love to partner Villa with Drogba, but know that a move in January is impossible, while a transfer embargo is likely to prevent a summer move. Manchester City have been willing to push for him in the recent past, but their project has, until now, not been attractive enough for the player.Manchester United have also registered an interest, but have never followed it up with an offer.Villa believes that there has never been a better time for the best English clubs to make their move for one of the very best Spanish players around. “Maybe quite a few years ago, Spanish players were reluctant to leave La Liga for another league,” he said.“But that’s all changed now. There are very important players, a showcase of Spanish footballers playing for Premier League clubs; and there are players in other leagues, lesser leagues, as well.“I think that the Spanish footballer has changed in this aspect in the last few years.”• David Villa will appear in Goles y goles y goles on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm on December 30Do believe the hypePlaying recordClubs: Valencia, Real Zaragoza, Sporting Gijón Domestic record: 182 goals, 336 league games European club record: 16 goals, 42 gamesInternational classHow Villa’s international record compares with other leading Spain forwards:Villa 35 goals, 54 games Raúl 44, 102 Fernando Torres 23, 71 Fernando Morientes 27, 47Wanted man?Villa has interested plenty of top European clubs in recent years but is yet to secure a big move.Liverpool Recommended by Torres to Rafael Benítez last summer, but the Liverpool manager believed that to accommodate Villa he would have to build the team around the Spain forward.Barcelona Had £37 million bid turned down last summer, with Valencia wanting £45 million.Chelsea Attempted to sign Villa in the summer but put off by fee and believed he wanted to stay in Spain.Real Madrid Sought other targets, notably Karim Benzema for £30 million, after talks in June.Manchester United Continue to have a longstanding interest but chose to reinforce forward line with Michael Owen in the summer.Words by Gary Jacobhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/european_football/article6965770.ece
Would love him to join us, the money is there to be spent, it's down to Wenger to stump up the cash with Villa being a fan of our style of football. Won't join which is the sad thing.
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I want dont know if we need can see fergie playing him left midfield or something foolisha Berbatov - Villa partnership would be frightening

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I want dont know if we need can see fergie playing him left midfield or something foolisha Berbatov - Villa partnership would be frightening
i rekon utd would be quite silly to let him go to any other prem team tho....
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Push Rooney out to the left where he played excellently last season, and play Villa And Berbatov Upfront = syuff the dreams are made of. would solve a lot of poblems toowould be pleasently suprised though, fingers crossed but the price and his age and Chelsea might get in the way

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The reason we will get neither him nor Silva =nopeaswords_fs.jpg

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Rooney left-wing? :lol:
lol this is what i was thinking, he was boog when he was forced to play out their just behind the the strikers, free role if anything
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SIlva gets injured too often anyways would much rather Mata who is a lot cheaper or even Pablo but looks like valencia is a fixture for a couple seasons

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Rooney left-wing? :lol:
did you not see his performances there last season. I like him as a frontman but sometimes i thingk the pressure for him to get the goals people expect hinders his performnces take the pressure away and we might see the special Rooney again. He's just as effective out wide as he is through the middle, and as things go he's probably the person in our squad best equipped to play there week in week out.
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Rooney playing LW in a 4-3-3 is good against decent/sh*t teams.Rooney playing LW in a 4-4-2? C'mon, you've already got another player who runs a few yards down the left touchline, doesn't know what to do, ends up cutting in & making speculative shots & crosses to no avail.

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Anyone who says Rooney is sh*t playing Left wing should just bore off really.About three seasons ago he played there regularly and was just colllld. And He also played sick there the following season.

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He played there as a LM in a 4-4-2 yeah?
i think what the original poster meant was a 3 of berbatov villa rooneylike what man u did when it was ronaldo tevez rooneyrooney on the left of a front 3 puts more than a shift in played some of his best fotball there
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Rafa best get THAT f*ck*ng cheque book out.

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Lol We couldnt afford Villa if he was being sold for 30million zimbabwean dollarslet alone Rafa getting cheque books out and out bidding sidesThem days are long gone me lad

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Sell Mascherano while his price is high and buy Villa

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Fit Villa where though?Lol this aint manager mode on fifa fam

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He played there as a LM in a 4-4-2 yeah?
i think what the original poster meant was a 3 of berbatov villa rooneylike what man u did when it was ronaldo tevez rooneyrooney on the left of a front 3 puts more than a shift in played some of his best fotball there
A 4-3-3, with 3 centre forwards, lol? :lol:
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Fit Villa where though?Lol this aint manager mode on fifa fam
Allow begging for lol's :|Torres and Villa up frontGerrard and Lucas/Aquilani in midfieldGerrard will boss it like back in the dayI WANT Gerrard back in the centre ASAP.. He's clearly been sh*t this season.. Needs to go back to Basics
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Lookin for Lols?Wtf are you talking aboutI will address this tomorrow when Im less tired

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So your telling me we cant fit the 2nd best striker in the world in our mediocre team?PMSL

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