David Villa admits frustration but not with Barcelona star Lionel Messi – transfer rumors are rubbish
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has once again stressed that there is no rift between him and David Villa. The Argentinean football prodigy played down speculation suggesting he and his Barcelona teammate were not getting along.
In an interview to Mundo Deportivo on Thursday, Lionel Messi labelled rumors about his problems with David Villa as groundless. Lionel Messi’s statements will also curb rumors suggesting David Villa was on the verge of an exit from Barcelona.
Reports of quandary between Lionel Messi and David Villa initiated rumors about the Spanish veteran striker leaving Barcelona in the upcoming winter transfer window.
David Villa and Barcelona refrained from talking about this issue in media, which gave the press and football pundits all the rights they need to fuel speculation about David Villa’s potential departure from Barcelona.
The rift between Lionel Messi and David Villa started off during a match earlier this season. Apparently, Lionel Messi was unhappy with the lack of form and selfish performance by David Villa.
However, Lionel Messi and David Villa later confirmed that there were no hard feelings between the two and the matter should be laid to rest, but that was far from happening.
Spanish media suggests an on-pitch discussion between Lionel Messi and David Villa during a game against Granada is proof of tension between the two players. According to various Spanish news channels, Barcelona will be ready to sacrifice David Villa by selling him off at a cut-throat price to another club if the relationship between him and Lionel Messi does not improve.
Well, David Villa is unhappy with his secondary role at Barcelona, but the Spain international has declared he has no beef with Lionel Messi.
“Obviously that all stayed on the field,” Lionel Messi said. “We get on very well, just as everyone does in the dressing-room. He is a good person and does not fight with anyone. It is difficult to fight with him given the character he has. There was more talk about what happened, but there is no problem.”
David Villa, who scored his second goal in four days in Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Alaves in the Copa del Rey On Tuesday, admits he is frustrated at the lack of playing time he has received so far this season.
In spite of clocking little time on the field, David Villa told reporters that he respected the new Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova and the trusted the decisions of the medical staff.
“I am at the best club in the world and the competition to get playing time is very fierce,” David Villa said. “I want to play as much as possible, but I am in the hands of the professionals who know what is best. There is another game on Saturday and I hope to be at my best.”