Barcelona Rule Out Summer Sale Of Tottenham Target David Villa

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Spanish striker set to stay at the Nou Camp.

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Arsenal and Tottenham could be dealt the blow of missing out on David Villa, as the Daily Express claim Barcelona do not want to sell the striker this summer.

The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp this season after some struggles with injuries over the last couple of years, but it is believed he is still a valued member of Tito Vilanova’s squad.

Villa has still managed 16 goals for the club this season, despite being limited to appearances mainly from the bench, and his form had attracted strong interest from the Premier League pair.

Arsenal are still keen on signing a new striker after last summer’s sale of Robin van Persie, while Tottenham are looking to improve on their current pairing of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

But according to Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, they will have to look elsewhere, as he says there are no plans to sell Villa this summer.

He is quoted as saying: “Until somebody says the opposite, David Villa will remain a Barcelona player.”

Both sides have also been linked with Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, who could now be their prime target after missing out on Villa.

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