Arsenal & Liverpool Told To Forget Spanish Striker

By on January 14, 2013

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Barcelona insist David Villa is going nowhere.

David Villa Barcelona

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova insists Arsenal and Liverpool target David Villa won’t be leaving the Nou Camp during the January transfer window, according to talkSPORT.

Villa has struggled to force his way back in to the Barca first team after recovering from a broken leg and talkSPORT claims Arsenal and Liverpool have shown an interest in bringing the Spanish striker to the Premier League this month.

However, the report suggests the Catalans have always insisted they have no interest in letting the 31-year-old go during the winter window and speaking after Sunday’s 3-1 win over Malaga, Vilanova reiterated that stance:

“David is not going to leave. We are very happy with him.” Vilanova is quoted as saying by talkSPORT

Villa got a rare start in last week’s Copa del Rey match with Cordoba, but limped off with a hamstring injury after scoring a superb brace during a 5-0 win. He aggravated the problem in training on Saturday and was ruled out of the trip to Malaga but Vilanova claims the injury setbacks are to be expected and feels the Spanish striker will have a major impact on the first team during the second half of the season:

“The other day he scored two goals. We’ve always said that he’s coming off a long injury, and he’s getting more minutes all the time. But he’s suffering more physical problems again.

“We know how important he is, like last year when we missed him a lot in the second half of the season.

“I’m convinced he will help us a lot over the remainder of the season.”Vilanova is quoted as saying by talkSPORT

Despite his recent injury problems, Villa is still a top quality striker and I would love to see him come to the Premier League. He’s far too good to sit on the Barca bench but with the array of attacking talent in the Catalans squad, it’s understandable why he struggles for game-time.

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But it sounds like Vilanova wants him to at least see out the rest of the season with the La Liga giants, so any potential move to the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool may have to wait until the summer.

Would Arsenal and Liverpool fans like to see Villa at their club? Get involved in the comments section below.

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