David Villa feels like a professional footballer once again. After spending eight months on the sidelines, the forward recently made his comeback to competitive play for both FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. “I feel good. I’m finally feeling normal after such a long time ... I’m being named to the team, I’m available to play, and I’m getting some minutes on the pitch,” said Villa during today’s press conference. The Spanish forward also noted that he’s “very eager to help the team achieve success this year.”

Time to adjust to competitive play

Despite completely recovering from his fractured tibia, El Guaje is in no mood to rush things. “I need more time. I’ve been recovering for months, almost eight months without competing, getting back to form requires time. I have to be patient, because I won’t be able help anyone if I rush things now. Everything I’ve lost so far [in reference to last season] won’t be won back no matter how hard I work,” he said.

Grateful for the support

The player also noted that the support and affection he received throughout his recovery process was overwhelming: “the Club and the fans gave me a lot of support throughout my recovery, at times it was almost overwhelming. I want to return the gesture.”

Complicated match against Getafe

The forward believes that the clash with Getafe will be one of Barça’s most difficult matches away from the Camp Nou this year: “the match against Getafe is highlighted on the schedule. We lost there last year.” Villa also noted that Saturday’s match is key if Barça hope to maintain the five-point advantage over Real Madrid, an advantage that Villa doesn’t consider “normal” so early in the season.

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