Valencia striker David Villa's summer-long transfer saga appears set to end with the Spanish international staying at the Mestalla for the 2009/10 season. And the 27-year-old has now come clean on why he remained relatively silent while the rumour mill surrounding his future went into overdrive. The former Sporting Gijon star - who netted 28 league goals last season - appeared set to become the third mega-money Real Madrid signing in the space of a week following the Bernabeu outfit's bids for Kaka (£56 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£80 million). However, the deal then stalled, with English big hitters Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all still hopeful of landing the Euro 2008 Golden Boot winner, as well as Spanish treble winners Barcelona. But the striker now seems to be going nowhere, after the latest talks between Valencia and Barcelona broke down, with the Catalans since completing the signing of Inter Milan attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And Villa has now revealed that he chose not to speak to the media about his future out of respect for his present employers. "I could not spend all summer refuting things, so I wanted to be quiet," he said at a press conference. "I depended on the decision of the club, they have decided for me to stay and I am glad for the goals I have at the start of the season. "I was told I should leave Valencia for the good of the club, soon after that everything changed and from that moment on I never saw myself out of here." And the prolific front-man added that he does not feel that he has missed out on the opportunity to further his career at a bigger club, despite being linked with several of the most famous sides in the world. "There is no train missed because all I have achieved is because of Valencia and the Spanish national team so I do not think any train has passed," he said. "I am happy and eager. I have been sincere in everything and, from now on, it's over. Last summer was similar to this one, I spent four months with the same story, but from now on this matter is over. "I never sat down to negotiate with anyone, my agent did because he can do it with whoever he wants." BLOG: Will Villa be left stranded in Valencia? NEWS: Barca lodge big bid for Villa NEWS: Villa rules out Premier League move NEWS: Villa - I know where my future lies NEWS: Villa would only leave Spain for Liverpool NEWS: Torres tells Rafa: Go get Villa
28 July 2009
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