David Villa satisfied with role at Spain, No quandary with Fernando Torres
Barcelona forward David Villa insists he satisfied with his bench-warming role in Spain’s squad. The Spaniard has experienced a dip in form after his injury and has lost his first-team place in Vicente del Bosque’s eyes.
David Villa has been left out of the first-team even though the veteran was the joint-top goalscorer at the 2010 World Cup. The 31-year-old Spain international has also lost his spot in Barcelona’s starting line-up.
Chelsea forward Fernando Torres has outshone David Villa at the Confederations Cup. The former Liverpool striker, who scored a double brace to become the top goalscorer of the tournament, is still far from David Villa’s all-time record for Spain.
In spite of losing out on regular action on the field, David Villa is happy with his role under Vicente del Bosque.
“I have never felt untouchable in the national team,” David Villa told Marca. “I'm just an ordinary member of a squad that is striving to keep winning. I'm here to help the team, as always. This hasn't been my best year. It's not that I've come into the tournament at a disadvantage compared to my team-mates, but it was a slightly unusual situation for me at Barcelona this season.”
David Villa also dismissed reports suggesting he had a relationship crisis with compatriot Fernando Torres. The former Valencia forward played down the speculation and hoped to make a comeback at the Confederations Cup.
Fernando Torres and David Villa have played a big role in taking Spain to the final of the Confederations Cup. David Villa believes his relationship with Fernando Torres is “fantastic” and that he would love to win more silverware with Spain.
“We've been playing together for a long time and have helped one another improve,” David Villa said. “We know that Spain winning trophies is all that matters. Individual awards are a secondary issue.
“Of course goals are always on strikers minds, because they are our bread and butter, but you end up thinking more about the chances you miss than the ones you put away.”
According to reports, David Villa is still being pursued by Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The English suitors are reportedly ready to pay Barcelona’s demand for David Villa.