Barcelona striker David Villa has completed his move away from the Catalan club, but it isn't to Premier League side Tottenham as expected.

The Spanish striker has rejected the chance to join Spurs and has instead joined Atletico Madrid in a deal worth around £4.5m.

The 31-year-old's future has been hot topic recently and it was earlier reported that a deal was in place for the striker to join Spurs later this week, but he has now chosen to stay in Spain and fly to the capital in order to join Atletico.

Villa had one year left on his contract at the Nou Camp and it was made clear to him that he was going to be used as a fringe player for the new season, especially when the La Liga champions signed Brazilian sensation Neymar for a whopping £48.6m.

Madrid were on the look out for a new striker after they lost their star-asset Radamel Falcao to AS Monaco earlier on in the summer, in a deal that was worth £50m.

Earlier in the year it was Arsenal that looked likely to sign the Spaniard, but they failed in their pursuit to sign him in January, but the player was reportedly keen to resume his career in Spain with Atletico.

The news was broken via the club's official Twitter account as they revealed a deal was in place and all that was left was the medical for the player.

"The agreement and the signing of Villa as a new player at Atletico will be formalised after the player has taken a medical," Atletico revealed on their Twitter feed.

Villa enjoyed a successful spell at Barcelona, and he managed to score 48 goals in 119 games for the Catalan club, including one in the Champions League final against Manchester United in 2011. He also helped them win two La Liga titles.

Ironically, Villa's debut for Madrid could be against his former club in the Spanish Super Cup next month.


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