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Pep Guardiola has strongly dismissed a report in Marca claiming David Villa has been made available for transfer.

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Villa has fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona and was named on the bench for the Clasico against Real Madrid at the weekend. Reports in Spain had earlier claimed Villa had fallen out with Lionel Messi.

Madrid-based newspaper Marca then ran a story on its front cover on Wednesday morning claiming that he had now been made available for transfer, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa all interested in signing the Spain striker in January.

However, when questioned about the report at a press conference, Guardiola replied: "Marca lies."

Guardiola was reluctant to discuss Villa and his exclusion from the first-team for the Clasico in any depth, but he added: "I have not spoken to David after the last match in Madrid, but I try to involve everyone in the team.

"I am the one who comes up with 25 different line-ups during the season because I feel that is the best thing to do. Most players will remain here this season and the next."

Barcelona play Al-Sadd in the Club World Cup semi-final in Japan on Thursday.


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