Villa cools Reds switch talk

18 June 2008 07:25
Spain striker David Villa has played down talk of an imminent move to the Premier League with Liverpool. Villa is widely expected to leave current club Valencia this summer with the Reds, Chelsea and Spanish pair Real Madrid and Barcelona all believed to be interested in acquiring the services of the £25million-rated frontman. However, Villa has denied reports that he would favour a move to Anfield where he would link up with fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres and the Reds' former Valencia coach Rafael Benitez. Villa currently leads the race for the Golden Boot at Euro 2008 with four goals from two games and insists he remains focused on helping Spain prevail in Austria & Switzerland. "I have heard that I am supposed to have said that I would prefer to go to Liverpool to play next season or that I want Chelsea to be my next team," he said. "I have not said anything like that. My club insists I am not for sale and, believe me, I am totally focused on the European Championship. "As far as I know, nobody from Liverpool has been in touch, but in any case my future is not something I have in my mind at the moment. "I do not understand why people put words in my mouth."

Source: ESA