Did Champions League football cost Spurs David Villa?

Champions League football could well be the very thing which stopped David Villa from joining Tottenham Hotspur.

The experienced Spaniard has decided to stay in Spain with Atletico Madrid and Spurs’ failure to finish in the top four is what could have cost them the deal.

Tottenham were actually very close to doing a deal for Villa with manager Andre Villas-Boas even personally calling the striker to try and persuade him that White Hart Lane is where he needed to be playing his football.

It just goes to show how important Champions League qualification is in the modern football era because it’s where all of the top players around Europe want to be playing their football.

Rather than view the situation and snub negatively, Tottenham can actually use it to their advantage to provide extra inspiration and determination to secure a top four place once the new season gets under way.

It’s even more significant now that Gareth Bale looks like he’s set for another season in a Tottenham shirt, with the chances more than likely that he will move on if the club don’t achieve Champions League football for the 2014/2015 campaign.

Villa was in a situation where he needed to go to a side and be able to play on the biggest platforms regularly as he seeks a regular slot in the Spain side ahead of the World Cup next summer.

Tottenham would have provided him that platform in terms of the Premier League but the Champions League is the elite competition in football, which pits top clubs against each other.

That competition enables Villa to provide further justification to Vicente Del Bosque over why he deserves to be in the Spain side and why he should be leading their attack heading into next summer.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the calibre of Tottenham Hotspur as a football club.

Spurs are one of the biggest and best supported clubs in England and there is nothing wrong with the way the club is run or the way the manager goes about his business.

It all comes down to Champions League football and the ability to be able to offer potential signings a chance to play in, and win, the biggest cup tournament in European club football.

It’s all in reflection but had Spurs got into that tournament, David Villa would more than likely be their player, but it’s not a hammer blow and they can move on and go after another player.

Spurs came very close to the top four next season and AVB has learned lessons, which should put Tottenham in just as good a position to attack the top four again over the coming campaign.

How important do you think Champions League football was in Villa’s decision?

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