Atletico signed Villa for a cut price 2.1 million euros earlier this month.
David Villa has claimed that he had set his sights on a move to the Premier League before Atletico Madrid made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, Sky Sports reports.
The striker had started less than half of Barcelona’s games last season and that had put many sides throughout Europe on red alert.
Tottenham were thought to be front runners for Villa’s signature at one stage and it is reported that the Spaniard was Andre Villa-Boas number one transfer target this summer.
Although at first a move to the Premier League interested Villa but when Atletico made him an offer he decided that he should stay in Spain.
“We had a move to the Premier in mind but then Atleti appeared and within three days all my personal terms had been agreed,” he told reporters
“From a career point of view, they weren’t lacking anything. They finished third and will play in the Champions League. They beat Real Madrid to win the Copa del Rey.
“Starting from today, the best club in the world for me is Atletico Madrid.”
Villa’s main task now that he is at Atletico is to replace Falaco, who was the clubs main goal scoring threat last season.
The Columbian made a surprise move to big spending AS Monaco last month and although Atletico’s fans were disappointed about Falaco’s departure, they will be happy that they have signed such a quality replacement.