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Villa shows Europe his class

Euro 2008 Spain
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David Villa has long been one of Europe's most coveted talents - and a brilliant hat-trick in Spain's impressive rout of Russia did nothing to harm his status.

Villa has been linked with a host of top clubs throughout his time at Valencia, and it now seems certain he has played his final game at the Mestalla.

Valencia's financial problems have also led to speculation that he will go for a bargain price in a fire sale, but many of Europe's elite would happily part with whatever it takes to land this most gifted of strikers.

Villa showed every facet of his ability against Russia, from intelligent running and wonderful link play to his killer instinct in front of goal.

And his partnership with Liverpool's Fernando Torres offered compelling evidence that Spain's grim record of under-achievement at major championships may be about to come to an end.

Spain's first goal, created with vision by Torres and finished simply by Villa, was an example of a strike partnership working in perfect harmony.

It provided the platform for an outstanding victory, although Spain's admirers should not get carried away too soon given that they started the 2006 World Cup with a 4-0 win against the Ukraine before fading in familiar fashion.

But in Villa they have the man capable of fulfilling their travelling supporters' dreams - and those of club managers around Europe.

Villa has already stated he is a fan of Arsenal's passing style, and it is easy to see why Arsene Wenger would be tempted to fit his stellar talent into the set-up at the Emirates.

Real Madrid, as ever, have been circling and waiting to pounce on Villa, with unsubstantiated rumours suggesting a deal has been done and will be formally announced at the end of Euro 2008.

Liverpool is another potential home, especially as his link with Torres is so potent, but a lack of financial firepower inside Anfield's troubled corridors of power and a question of style may hamper any deal.

Rafael Benitez is now firmly locked into the system which has Steven Gerrard pushing up alongside Torres, with the growing likelihood of Javier Mascherano and Gareth Barry forming the holding midfield partnership.

Where would Villa fit in - even if Liverpool could actually afford him?

Villa is certain to be on his way once this summer showpiece is concluded, and his all-round performance against Russia suggests it will be to the good fortune of any club able to sign him.

Euro 2008 needs all the stars it can get, and Villa is already one of them.

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posted Jun 11, 2008

I thought the 26 mil spent on Torres was supposed to provide Liverpool with the cutting edge they so desperately needed? Now you need another cutting edge to sharpen the other cutting edge?

It's a never-ending saga of huge spending without ever getting closer to winning the premiership at Liverpool.

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posted Jun 11, 2008

Slightly off this topic, was it just overlooked that Fabregas was offside for his goal? Not to take anything away from him getting his first goal and to take away from the win Spain deserved.

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comment by eldo_d (U7555901)

posted Jun 11, 2008

comment by Terenceno14 (U5731271)
posted 11 Minutes Ago

I thought the 26 mil spent on Torres was supposed to provide Liverpool with the cutting edge they so desperately needed? Now you need another cutting edge to sharpen the other cutting edge?

It's a never-ending saga of huge spending without ever getting closer to winning the premiership at Liverpool.
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so your trying to say liverpool did not get more cutting edge from buying torres?

torres and villa would be an unstoppable patnership!!!!

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posted Jun 11, 2008

so your trying to say liverpool did not get more cutting edge from buying torres?

torres and villa would be an unstoppable patnership!!!!

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As much as I like Liverpool FC and as a Spaniard myself, if Villa & Torres would be unstoppable we would win the Euro2008 and I would put money we won't.

Why not? because we have a weak defense. Spain have not produced a decent left back, and the centre backs are just about the only ones we have. Albiol is better than Marchena and Ramos could play there too, but then again we don't have right backs either.

We have many and great midfielders and strikers, but that alone won't win us the Competition

For Liverpool - The same. Gerrard, Torres fantastic. The right and left backs... not so great.

Anyway, I would love to be wrong in the two matters

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comment by Chris (U4405555)

posted Jun 11, 2008

I said before the tournament that Villa is twice the player thhat Torres is. One great season doenst make Torres a great player, and his goal scoring record before joining Liverpool, at all level, has been average at best.

Louis Saha out of Man United, and fill the United #9 jersey with a player of Villas undoubted and finally recognised class.

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posted Jun 11, 2008

I'm a Valencia fan and I have to say that some of the valuations i've been reading of Villa in the English Press as well as club association (Tottenham?) have been risible.

Let us put it this way. Valencia turned down an offer from Mourinho's Chelsea of 60M a couple of seasons ago. Real Madrid offered around 45M in the last close season, yet just a week ago there was widespread speculation that Villa was on the market for 17M!

It's quite true that Juan B Soler has been the most disastrous (now former) President in Valencia's history, and run up debts of close to 300M. But he's not going to sell his best player for pittance. He's no longer the President (Morera is) but he ramains far and away the largest shareholder (and he's not selling his stake). Therefore the decision on whether to sell the player and at what price is essentially his and it's been made quite clear that while one major player (Villa or Silva) is likely to leave this summer, a sale will only take place for a significant sum.

What is a significant sum? Well Valencia recently turned down a 14M offer from Roma for Joaquin, so Villa would be at least double that. Privately, most people associated with Valencia will accept 35M+ . In today's market, that's unlikely.

However if Valencia don't get the price they want, they won't sell. Simple. Villa is happy at Valencia and the only noises being made by his agent suggesting a change is that Villa wants the Club to remain "ambitious".

As for the Villa/Torres comparisons, they are very different players. Torres plays best as a centre forward, Villa can play anywhere across the front line and on the flanks. Villa though has a much better recent international record (I think it's 12 now in 12 games) and is noticibly better away from home.

Finally some understanding has to be given to the sale price of Torres. In Spain "rescission" clauses are inserted in player's contracts. These clauses contain a sum which if paid by another club, releases the player from his existing contract. Torres's clause was 26M. Villa's is over 100M.

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posted Jun 11, 2008

Torres is a great sriker. hIm and Villa would pose a potent threat to any team they come up against. Apart from Gerrard they will need one more attacking midfielder to get proper passes to them and liverpool will dominate.

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comment by zidcor (U11108553)

posted Jun 12, 2008

both are the good striker but you have to see who make goals against whom,its ok villa make hat trick against russia but now we have to see there real callibre in quarter final against any strong teams like france,italy germany,holland or portugal.

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posted Jun 15, 2008

lol twice the player of Torres. Load of Bull.

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