Barcelona star David Villa has quashed rumours linking him to Chelsea and Manchester City, claiming he wants to end his career at Barcelona.
The 29-year-old joined the Catalans last summer for €40 million and went on to score 23 goals in all competitions as the Spanish giants claimed the double with the Primera Liga and the Champions League.
However, due to a £ 350million debt, the Catalans are restricted to a budget of £ 40million for transfers this summer, which is far from enough to land them their targeted trio of Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Giuseppe Rossi. It led suggestions that Villa could be sold to either of Chelsea or Manchester City in order fund the triple swoop.
On Friday, however, the Spanish striker moved to quash those rumours saying, All that's been said hasn't bothered me because it isn't rumours or speculation, it's a lie. Hopefully I can retire at Barca because that would mean everything has been great for me.
I would like to have the chance to retire at Barca even though I'm only 29. It would be very nice. I want to be at Barca as long as possible.
He then went on to reveal that he would be happy to play alongside Fabregas and Sanchez, the two players whom Barca had bids rejected last week, if they did make the move to Spain.
They are two very good players at both an individual and collective level, and it would be a big injection of quality for our side.