VILLA STAYING PUT
The Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has rejected reports that the striker David Villa will be sold in the January transfer window. The 30-year-old Spanish international striker has seen very little action at the club since his return from injury. He spent almost a year on the sidelines, but he has found the goal scoring touch immediately upon his return.
Yet, the manager Tito Vilanova has been reluctant to start with him in matches, which have put his international place in jeopardy. Villa is the top scorer for the Spanish national team and he has set his sights on playing for the national team at the 2014 World Cup.
He recently stated that he has so far been patient, but he feels that he needs to move in order to benefit his career.
Villa was signed from the Spanish club Valencia in a £ 35 million deal only a few seasons ago. He has been linked with several clubs like Liverpool in the last few months, while the recent takeover of the former Barcelona manager Guardiola at the German club Bayern Munich have linked the Spaniard with a move to Germany. After the recent 3-1 win over Malaga, Vilanova was quick to dismiss reports saying that Villa will be sold in January.
“David is not going to leave. We are very happy with him. 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,” said Tito Vilanova, whose team remain unbeaten in the league.