Spain international David Villa has been unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player – and the former Barcelona striker took the opportunity to knock his Premier League suitors.
Villa was widely expected to sign for Spurs but made a surprise move to Atletico instead. Some Spurs fans were critical of chairman Daniel Levy’s negotiating skills at the time and that’s not likely to change following Villa’s latest comments.
He said: “It is true the idea was for me to go to the English Premier League because the biggest offers came from there, but then Atletico de Madrid showed up and they did more in three days than others did in months, which in this case was something more personal.
“Professionally, everything is beyond doubt. The fact is: Atletico de Madrid finished third in La Liga, they were fighting against Real Madrid until the last minute, they won the Copa del Rey and they will play in the Champions League.”
Plenty of ammunition there for Spurs fans who feel that Levy’s tough and protracted transfer negotiations cost the club too many signings.