Intereconomia.com reports that Villa is upset at being an errand boy at Barcelona, an attitude that has recently led to a bust up with Lionel Messi in the Nou Camp dressing room. The Spanish forward has only just returned to Tito Villanova’s side having recovered from injury yet there remain questions as to whether he can win his place back in the squad with Villanova preferring Messi in a striker’s role. Ergo, Villa is looking for a new home.
Yet should the prospect of the Barcelona number 7 moving to Liverpool get Reds’ fans excited? In my opinion no. This is not the first time that Liverpool have been linked to the Spanish forward and it most likely won’t be the last. For now, Kopites should not get their hopes just yet and for two reasons.
Firstly, if Villa did become available then no doubt Liverpool would be interested. However whether they would be able to compete for the Spaniard’s signature is a completely different question. Currently, Liverpool do not have the financial power to go head to head with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal. Revenues are tight at Anfield and with the new regime making it perfectly clear that they don’t want to spend ridiculous sums on players, Liverpool could struggle to outmatch their rivals in the transfer market and when it comes to personal demands.
Secondly, even if Liverpool did have the financial power to lure Villa to Merseyside would he really want to go? For too long Liverpool have been able to purchase players on the back of their history of success, yet this is something we have to completely forget about now. Liverpool are currently playing in the second tier of European competition whilst sitting in the relegation zone in the Premier League. Although we expect their domestic form to have improved come January, Liverpool are certainly not in a position to compete against Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United or even Newcastle and Tottenham arguably.
Liverpool may be interested in securing the services of David Villa, yet the real question should be is the Spaniard realistically interested in a move to the North West? With the lack of Champions League football, new manager, philosophy and influx of young players I highly doubt it. Villa isn’t getting any younger and I would take a wild guess and suggest he is more interesting in enjoying more success in the twilight of his career, not helping a new start rebuild from the bottom.
David De Gea
Although there has been no official confirmation from Manchester United, David De Gea is reportedly homesick. The Spanish U-21 international hasn’t been a permanent fixture in the Manchester United starting line-up as Sir Alex Ferguson has rotated between him and Anders Lindegaard.
Iker Casillas has already earmarked De Gea as his long term replacement in the Spanish national team. Casillas firmly believes that, with the right guidance, De Gea has the talent to make it to the top.
“Everyone’s seen what he’s [David De Gea] been doing and praising his performances”
“I don’t know him personally but he has been doing very well. Watching him reminds me a lot of when I started 11 years ago.”
“Between us all we have to look after him. He has a long road in front of him, and when he least expects it he will get a call up to the national team.” – Casillas was quoted in press few days back.
Real Madrid and specially Jose Mourinho have a very good relationship with De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes. Mendes brokered Jose Mourinho’s move from Porto to Chelsea following which he was also involved in the transfer of Carvalho, Ferreira, Tiago and Maniche (all his clients) to the London side. Mendes was also the man behind the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. All these history between Mourinho and Mendes make De Gea’s move all the more likely.
Earlier this month David De Gea has expressed his desire to win the No.1 spot in the starting eleven permanently. He revealed that he is working hard in the training ground to impress his manager and said he is slowly ‘rediscovering’ his form.
‘I don’t believe I have been at the top in the last couple of months but with each game I am rediscovering my level.
‘I accept the manager’s decision. If he considers Anders [Lindegaard] as No 1 it is not a problem for me. I only want to maintain my challenge for the position.’ – De Gea said.
Although from the outset it would seem to be a sensible decision for De Gea to move back to Spain with Real Madrid and develop under the guidance of Casillas, it would mean far less playing time for the 21-year-old. Worryingly for De Gea [and most other Spanish goalkeepers], Casillas has already stated his desire to play for eight more years. Competing with Casillas for first team action is certainly not the same as competing with Lindegaard.
These are the type of decisions that can make or break one’s career in football. David De Gea might soon have to make one if Real Madrid come knocking at the door of Manchester United for the Spaniard.