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Dec 3, 2011

Villa ignoring speculation

David Villa insists he pays no attention to speculation over his future and still feels like an important part of the Barcelona squad.

It was reported in Spain that Villa had fallen out with Lionel Messi and Cadena SER claimed last month that Liverpool had expressed an interest in his services.

However, Villa feels he retains the faith of Pep Guardiola and his team-mates and has no concerns over the reports.

"I feel important, and even more so when the manager speaks well of me," he was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. "I've always had the affection of team-mates and especially the public. I noticed it since the day I arrived, so it's not vital that I score.

"I don't give any importance to what is said outside the club. I don't have to be worried about all of this - it's all the same to me. I work so that the manager, my colleagues, the fans and my family are happy, and that's the case."

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