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By: Na 21 May 2010 13:38:41

Villa seals Barca switch

Spain striker David Villa has completed his move from Valencia to Barcelona, signing a four-year contract at the Nou Camp after passing his medical on Friday morning.

The 28-year-old put pen to paper on his deal, which has an option for a further 12 months and a buyout clause of 200 million euros, after coming through his medical with flying colours.

The two clubs agreed a fee of 40 million euros for the player on Wednesday and a statement on club website www.fcbarcelona.cat confirmed: "David Villa is now officially the first signing for 2010/11. He signed the contract that will keep him at the club for the next four seasons with an option for another."

Villa, top scorer in Spain's triumphant Euro 2008 campaign, is now relishing the challenge that lies ahead.

"I'm very happy and proud to be here," he told club website www.fcbarcelona.cat.

"Anybody would be happy to come to a club like this - as everybody says, this is the best team in the world."

Villa scored 107 goals in 166 league matches for Valencia after establishing himself with Real Zaragoza, and is hoping goals will continue to fly in his new club."It's always hard to score goals, but when you have players like Xavi, (Lionel) Messi, (Sergio)

Busquets, (Seydou) Keita or Pedro (Rodriguez) around you, it's bound to be a little easier for a striker," he said.

Asked what he will bring to the team, Villa replied: "Hard work, humility and a desire to try to help the team be a little better. I'm really keen to get started here."


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