Spanish starlet David Villa has opened the door for a future move to England by praising two Barclays Premier League clubs in a recent interview with The Independent.
The Barcelona front man who was signed from Valencia last summer for £35million spoke of the impact the constant speculation had on his game, and the relief at signing a long-term deal with the Catalan giants.
"You work just the same on the pitch but you definitely get a boost when your future is sorted out and everything calms down,” said Villa.
"Now I can switch off when I walk off the pitch, without the rumours that I once had to put up with.”
Arsenal and Liverpool were two teams heavily linked with a move for Villa during the World Cup last summer – a tournament which he finished joint top scorer in before completing his high profile move to the Nou Camp.
Arsene Wenger publicly declared his interest in the player, but his attempts to bring Villa to the Emirates were thwarted by the excessive price tag which naturally boomed after his World Cup endeavours.
However, in the same interview Villa was very complimentary of the way that the Gunners play their football and his comments will only add to speculation that Arsenal could be a future destination for the 28-year-old striker.
"As a spectator I like the way Arsenal play with quick one or two-touch football. Their style would have suited me well,” he proclaimed.
"I also had friends at Liverpool and from what I have heard from team-mates, players learn a lot when playing at Anfield, but that did not happen."
Liverpool’s interest stemmed from the strong Spanish contingent on Merseyside under the stewardship of former manager Rafael Benitez, as well as the fact that a move to Anfield would have seen Villa link up with his Spanish strike partner Fernando Torres – now of Chelsea.
If Liverpool were to renew their interest in the summer it would take an even larger bid than the one that saw Villa join Barcelona, matching their own record-breaking transfer that new owners NESV recently sanctioned for Andy Carroll’s £35m move to Anfield.
"I was lucky that when the moment came when Valencia had no choice but to sell me, Barcelona were in a position to bring me here,” concluded Villa.
"I wanted to play here and I have been lucky enough that they wanted me as part of this team and that they were prepared to pay a lot of money to make it happen."