Villa: Personal reasons behind stay in Spain

Valencia striker David Villa - linked with moves to Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea last summer - has revealed he could not leave Spain during the close-season for 'personal reasons' - but that he would consider moving abroad this year.

The 28-year-old has been in sensational form for both club and country in recent seasons, totalling 98 league goals in 143 La Liga games for Los Che and 35 in 54 for his country, guiding Spain to Euro 2008 glory in Austria and Switzerland.

Villa has continued in his rich vein of goal-scoring form in 2009/10, netting 14 goals in 19 league and cup outings for the Mestalla side.

But back in June he appeared set to become Real Madrid's third mega-money signing in a week alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, only for a deal to eventually fall through.

Speculation soon surfaced tipping the Euro 2008 Golden Boot winner with a transfer to England, with Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believed to be keen to pair Villa alongside international team-mate Fernando Torres.

While Red Devils' supremo Sir Alex Ferguson was thought to be ready to spend some of the £80 million windfall from the sale of Ronaldo on Villa, in order to replace the 150-goal void left by both Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez's departures.

Villa eventually joined neither, revealing that he was not interested in leaving Spanish shores, with both Real and Barcelona reportedly failing to agree terms having made £40 million moves for the goal-getter.

And the prolific forward has since confessed that he could not leave his homeland six months ago due to personal reasons, but would be open to a switch to foreign shores after the 2010 World Cup should the opportunity to move to United, Liverpool or Chelsea present itself.

"I have a duty to Valencia, it's my club, who pay my wages and with whom I have a contract. And whatever has to happen, they will analyse things and in time we'll see what happens," he said in an interview broadcast on Sky Sports News.

"All I can do now is stay relaxed and have as good a season as possible with my club and the national team.

"At that time [last summer] I had my own personal reasons. At that moment, when it looked as if I might leave Valencia, it's true that there were a few personal reasons as to why I wanted to continue playing in Spain.

"I certainly did not want to move away from Spain. But I will analyse it again and this summer will be different. You don't know what's going to happen, but it's clear that the rejection of other leagues was all about a specific moment in that summer.

"I don't know what will happen in the future. Quite simply, I rejected it at that moment because there were issues that would not allow me to leave my country."