Liverpool superstar striker target dismisses £40m transfer rumours

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Liverpool striker target David Villa has revealed he's happy with life in Spain and doesn't want to leave Barcelona.

The Spanish international has been speculatively linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks, with suggestions that a bust-up between the forward and Lionel Messi could lead to Villa's exit from the Nou Camp.

However, the £40 million-rated player has dismissed the suggestions that he is keen to leave Catalonia, dealing a fatal blow to any interest Liverpool may have had in the player.

"I feel important, and even more so when the manager speaks well of me. I've always had the affection of team-mates and especially the public. I noticed it since the day I arrived. So it's not vital that I score," said Villa.

"I don't give any importance to what is said outside the club. I don't have to be worried about all of this, it's all the same to me. I work so that the manager, my colleagues, the fans and my family are happy, and that's the case."

Shock reports of a Liverpool move for the 29-year-old surfaced over the weekend, with the Anfield outfit's interest from 2010 highlighted as a factor in their current chase of the player.

A move to the Merseysiders appeared a non-starter from the off given their lack of Champions League football, although the price was not thought to be an issue after Kenny Dalglish spent over £55 million on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez respectively last January.

And, whist the Scot is thought to be keen on adding a striker to the ranks, Villa will not be making a move to Liverpool anytime soon.

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