Friday, 24th May, 2013
Barcelona striker David Villa has left the door open for a switch to England after turning down a move to Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s side, who recently beat Real Madrid to win the Copa del Rey, were keen to tempt the 31-year-old to the Vicente Calderon, but have been rebuffed by the striker, according to Spanish daily El Mundo Deportivo.
Villa’s position at Barcelona is far from clear, with the hitman unhappy at a less than central role and seriously considering leaving in order to ensure he is in fine fettle for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Spain international was the subject of interest from Arsenal in the January transfer window and the Gunners are expected to rekindle that desire this summer.
But another English side, in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur, are also keen on the goal-getter.
And Villa, who is believed to be ready to move to England, has firmly opened the door for such a switch by refusing to consider joining Atletico Madrid.
The striker joined Barcelona in the summer of 2010 from Valencia.
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