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Villa wants to retire at Barca

David Villa says he wants to play out the remainder of his career at Barcelona, dismissing reports linking him with a move away from the European champions.

Villa joined Barca from Valencia last summer for 40 million Euros and scored 23 goals in all competitions as the Catalan giants won the Primera Liga and Champions League double last season.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked to the striker this summer, as transfer speculation swelled following his recent on-field success.

However, Villa quashed those rumours on Friday: "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."

Barcelona have reportedly made big money offers for Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas over the past week, and Villa revealed he would be happy to play alongside the pair at Camp Nou if they were brought to the club.

"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."

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