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Rosell rules out Villa loan

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says there is no chance of David Villa leaving the Camp Nou on loan this January.

David Villa has seemingly fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona
David Villa has had to content himself with life outside the first XI this season

The limited playing time offered to Villa under coach Tito Vilanova this season has led to speculation over a move, with many clubs including Premier League sides Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs reportedly interested in taking Spain's record international goalscorer off Barca's hands.

However, Rosell told Catalan paper Sport at Monday night’s FIFA Ballon d’Or gala that the striker, 31, is going nowhere this month.

“A loan for David Villa in the winter transfer window can be absolutely discarded,” he said. “He is our player and we need him.”

Rosell was less definite when asked about the future of former Barca coach Pep Guardiola, who told reporters in Zurich on Monday that he would soon return to football.

The one time Nike executive said he had talked with his former colleague at the event but added: "We did not speak about that. He has not given up being a professional. It is normal that at his age, and after a year off charging his batteries, he would want to return to coaching.”


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