Chelsea's summer target David Villa committed to Valencia

10 April 2009 12:53
Even if the club fails to qualify for next season's Champions League, the Spanish forward, who last summer committed himself to the club until 2014, has said he will not be swayed by a big-money move.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has told his senior players that there will be a squad overhaul this summer - with Villa top of his shopping list - but it seems the 27-year-old's long-term plans remain in La Liga.

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"We all know what a year without Champions League would be like, so we wish to reach fourth spot. Nothing is going through my mind other than finishing in the top four."

Asked whether he sees himself at the club in September, he replied: "I am not looking at September - I am here for the next six years.

"Unless someone from the club tells me otherwise - and I repeat that this has not happened - I am here for six years.

"(Rumours) do not affect me because, to tell you the truth, I am expecting them - I am not influenced by them.

"I think the best thing for me, given the club has not informed me of anything other than wanting me to see out my six-year contract here, is to forget (the rumours) and concentrate on the sport.

"If something comes, it will be discussed. but now it is a waste of time."

Unai Emery's side currently lie fifth in the Primera Division, two points behind fourth-placed Villarreal with nine games remaining, but the club has been crippled by huge debts, which has led to players not receiving full pay and construction work on their new stadium grinding to a halt.

The club also admitted for the first time last month they might have to cash in on some of their star players, with Spain internationals Villa and David Silva among their biggest assets.

Villa, however, is trying to distance himself from such matters and focus only on on-pitch affairs.

"Players try to isolate ourselves from those things," he said. "I do my work because, when we talk about issues during the week, the only thing that can be a relief for the players is to play well and win on a Sunday.

"The club always try to stay focused at bad times."

Wherever he plays next season and in the coming campaigns, Villa believes he is yet to reach his peak.

He added: "Since the end of last season then the European Championship and this year, I am scoring regularly. I'm in good form, but I always say that I hope my best is yet to come."


Source: Telegraph

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