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Villa / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

David Villa is facing the final stages of his recovery with just one objective in mind: “right now, the only thing I want is to be healthy during the whole year so that I can compete 100% to win a place in the team. I just want to be okay again as soon as possible – I’ll get my strength back and be ready to join the rest of the squad on July 16th. I did everything I could to get fit for the Euros, but I just ran out of time. I won’t be in Poland, but a new season and a new challenge starts on July 16th”.

New coach

Villa will return to a squad with a new boss – Tito Villanova - somebody he has complete confidence in: “he’s the best prepared person to take this challenge on. There was naturally a fear amongst Barça fans that nobody could fill the gap that Pep has left, but there is nobody in the world who could fill that as well as Tito. I think it was the best possible decision and the team will continue to improve as we have been”.

Villa also had words of praise for Guardiola: “he was the man who placed his trust in me – not just the year he managed to sign me, but also before that and I will always be grateful for that. All I can do is thank him for everything he has done for me and the team and wish him all the best for the future”.

Possible signings

Asked if he thought the team would be signing a new striker, Villa made it clear : “that’s a decision that the Club has to take, the Club have to make the plans for next season and decide where we might have a weakness. I know that I am at the best club in the world and I am aware of the competition that exists”. Villa also commented on rumours linking his old Valencia colleague Jordi Alba with a move: “he’s a spectacular player and it’s not just Barça who would like him. He’s a Valencia player though, and you have to respect that situation, it’d be great if he came here as he would be a spectacular player for any team. I’d just like whatever is best for him”.
Euro 2012

Villa has been a star of the Spanish team for quite a while now and although he will be missing at the Euros, he insisted: “Spain have shown why they are favourites. I think there are strikers and midfield players capable of scoring lots of goals and I don’t think they will miss me. I owe so much to Barça and I couldn’t take any risk of getting injured that going to the Euros might have meant – either aggravating my current condition, or pickling up something else that Barça would end up suffering for”.

 

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