Current Atletico Madrid striker David Villa is enjoying a new lease of life under El Cholo Diego Simeone as the Rojiblancos are attacking on all fronts this season.
The 32-year-old joined Madrid’s less glamorous club in the summer of 2013, following a highly successful yet strenuous period at FC Barcelona. In 19 appearances for the club this season, Villa has notched in eight goals, forming a deadly partnership with the much coveted striker Diego Costa.
The €5.1m cut-price striker has often been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, with the independent having linked the striker with both Arsenal and Chelsea in December 2012.
Although the deal never happened, renowned Spanish newspaper AS has reported that David Villa is very keen on a move to England as he finds the Premier League very attractive. The report goes on to say that the Spanish international striker will not continue with Atletico Madrid – yet it doesn’t clarify whether it refers to beyond this summer or beyond his contract which expires in 2015.
Would David Villa be a good option for both Chelsea and Arsenal now? Yes, for next season at least. Despite losing the pace of previous years and lacking in height, Villa’s movement, knowledge and finishing still ranks as one of the best in Europe. In Chelsea’s case in particular, if Samuel Eto’o can still have a positive impact, then why can’t David Villa?
Current Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is a good friend of the former Valencia star, with Villa adding that the two had a fantastic footballing relationship whilst gaining the top honours for the national teams, quoting:
"We complement each other very well. We get on well on the pitch and very well off it too. We're a good partnership. We both chase down defenders, put pressure on and fight to create chances for each other. We work well together."
The record Spanish goal scorer has also been noted for being unselfish, making the perfect runs with Barcelona great Johan Cruyff once saying that Villa "is synonymous with depth. It means always being ready to open passing lanes, to draw defenders and thus freeing space for others."
One manager that loves his strikers to be hardworking, defending from the front and making space for others is Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese is also after a reliable goal scorer, an ability which Villa carries in abundance.
Could David Villa end up in the Premier League in the future playing under Jose Mourinho? Well, football has certainly seen bigger shocks over the years.
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