But in the hopes of revitalising his chances at claiming his place back in the Spanish 11, Barca have told him he?s to stay put.
The 31-year-old was a target for The Gunners in January, but the deal didn't materialise. With next year?s World Cup in mind, Villa is desperate to play regular football at a high level.
Barcelona?s selfishness and sentimentality towards Villa?s desire to leave could cost him his career, internationally and at club level. His 8 goals in 23 games this season doesn't represent the type of player he is.
An ageing talent, but he?s a natural predator and still has goals left in him.