The former Barcelona forward admitted he was close to coming to the Premier League.
In a recent interview, former Spanish forward David Villa talks about moving to Premier League, Lionel Messi and more.
David Villa, who recently hung up his boots after an illustrious career, revealed how he was very close to signing for Arsenal. “I felt 90% in that moment that I [would] go to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger,” he began.
“We were in a lot of meetings and a lot of calls,” he explained while talking to BBC Sport. “I don’t know what would have happened if I’d signed for Arsenal.”
However, he went on to explain how the move couldn’t fall through and he eventually signed for Atletico Madrid. “I’m very happy that I signed for Atletico Madrid, not just for winning the league but for everything. I’m very happy to have made that choice,” recalls David Villa.
Yet, the former Barcelona talisman admits following the Premier League since long and expressing his admiration for the same. “I love the Premier League. In my career I always watched a lot of games in the Premier League.”
“Many times I had the opportunity to go there, but I chose another way.”
“Why? I don’t know,” says David Villa.
Nobody can forget the time when David Villa was at his prime while playing in the LaLiga. Before joining Atletico, the striker had a highly successful stint with Barcelona under Pep Guardiola where he played alongside the likes of Lionel Messi. The 38 year-old expressed his views on Messi – arguably the greatest footballer of all time saying, “I don’t know who said this but they said ‘Messi is Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi – and even Sergio Busquets if you want.”
“If you ask me what’s his best position, I don’t know. He’s not a number nine but the top scorer, he’s not a number 10 but he’s the top assist provider. He’s not a tall guy but he scores headers – he’s good at everything,” he added. “I think that he played as a keeper one time and he did well.”
“That’s the reality of Messi. Everyone knows he’s a quiet guy. He’s very normal in the dressing room and on the field.”