The Barcelona forward, who’s spent most of the season warming up the bench, has expressed his desire to leave the Nou Camp this summer.
But in the hopes of revitalising his chances at claiming his place back in the Spanish 11, Barca have told him he’s to stay put.
The 31-year-old was a target for The Gunners in January, but the deal didn't materialise. With next year’s World Cup in mind, Villa is desperate to play regular football at a high level.
Barcelona’s selfishness and sentimentality towards Villa’s desire to leave could cost him his career, internationally and at club level. His 8 goals in 23 games this season doesn't represent the type of player he is.
An ageing talent, but he’s a natural predator and still has goals left in him.