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Since the draw for the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, in Nyon, Switzerland last
Thursday, the stage has been set for a lot of drama both on and off the pitch. One significant
headline coming out of the Champions League knockout round is, Barcelona's unwillingness
to send striker David Villa on loan to any of the English teams that are interested in his services.
The Spanish international record-setting goal scorer David Villa has been highly coveted by a
few teams in the English Premier League (EPL) due to limited playing time for Barcelona.
Among the EPL sides interested in Villa's services are Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, and
Tottenham Hot Spurs. It has been a tough go for Villa to get playing time due to the
outstanding play of Lionel Messi (the FIFA Ballon d' Or winner) during his record goal-scoring
season; as well as, strikers like Cristan Tello who have been providing Barcelona with solid play
despite limited minutes. (It is worth noting that David Villa did come on as a substitute during
last weekend's 4-0 victory over Espanyol).