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Villa admits interest in Premier League switch

Valencia striker David Villa, who has been linked with a transfer to Tuesday night's Champions League opponents Chelsea, says he might be interested in a move to the Premier League.

The 26-year-old forward is enduring a disappointing season with his Spanish club and cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

'Any player would be interested in coming to the Premier League,' he said.

'It is not going to make any difference to me about this match just because people on radio or TV are saying you might sign for a better club.

'We can say as much as we like about how we are going to turn things around at Valencia but where we have got to prove it is on the field with our performances.

'All we can do is put the coach's plans into action and provide our best.'

Coach Ronald Koeman is looking for his players to give the club a lift.

Koeman has enjoyed success against English teams previously, notably two seasons ago when his Benfica side ended Liverpool's hopes of retaining the Champions League with victory at Anfield.

But the Dutchman is not thinking about past glories now as his side concentrate on Chelsea.

'That's all very well and they are great memories but everything now is focused on our future,' he said.

'We have many injuries and many suspensions but I still feel we can get something out of this game and see our European journey continue in the UEFA Cup instead.'

Valencia have slipped to seventh in La Liga, are rock-bottom of the Champions League group and need a better result than Schalke against Norway's Rosenborg to earn third place and snatch a place in the UEFA Cup.

But they have been goalless in their last three games and face Barcelona next weekend.