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Barca confirm Villa capture
19 May 2010 - 12:02:31
Barcelona have agreed a 40million euros deal to sign Valencia's Spain international striker David Villa.
The 28-year-old, who has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou for some time, will tie up his switch later this week, having opted to leave Los Che after five goal-laden seasons at the Mestalla.
Villa joined Valencia from Real Zaragoza in the summer of 2005 and went on to score 119 goals in 193 league and European appearances.
He has also scored 36 times in 55 appearances for his country and was top-scorer at the European Championship finals two years ago as Spain were crowned as champions.
The frontman, who has remained loyal to Valencia through several other rounds of rumours, had previously stated that he would only move on if his current employers needed him to do so.
He told Canal 9 recently: "I still have a four-year deal with Valencia, my contract has a big release clause. I'm very happy at the club and I'm glad to be part of the project we're working on.
"I can't imagine that the club wants to sell me if it isn't absolutely necessary to save Valencia. I will only leave Valencia if the situation is there that selling me will save the club."