Valencia man changes tune about potential Premier League move.
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 28-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.” (Times Online)
This change of heart from Spanish international David Villa was always on the cards the moment Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid spent big on new strikers last summer and left the Valencia man having to re-think his long term plans that appear to revolve around the goal machine leaving Valencia in the not to distant future.
Chelsea must be seen as the most likely to snap up the lethal finisher as both their front line marksman are the wrong side of 30 and Carlo Ancelotti desperately needs to bring in new faces to help the club challenge successfully on all fronts.
Manchester United were also said to be interested but seem more likely to go for Villa’s teammate David Silva. Manchester City are of course going to be linked with every big name around but I don’t see the Valencia man opting for a move to a side who are not competing in the Champions League, after all that is one of the main reasons he would be leaving his La Liga employers in the first place.
Stamford Bridge could be a good location for the 28 year old and I see no reason why the striker can’t continue his goalscoring feats in the Premier League with Chelsea and I can see the west London side coming up with the £46m needed to purchase his services.