MADRID (Sporting Alert) Chelsea FC quick switch to find another striker in the January transfer window after being so heavily linked with David Villa was somewhat puzzling in the last few weeks.
Spanish and British media outlets had suggested that Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez was interested in signing Villa in January as he seeks to find cover for Fernando Torres.
With Villa being in and out of the Barcelona team since coming back from surgery, a move to Stamford Bridge to play in the English Premier League alongside fellow Spaniards Juan Mata and Torres seemed like an easy get-out route for the striker.
However, according to Marca, the 31-year-old wants to stay at the Spanish leaders and keep fighting for a place in the starting team.
The report claimed that Villa had a talk with several officials of the club, including head coach Tito Vilanova about his role in the squad and was planning for further discussion over the Christmas period before leaving for the winter break.
The final talks were forced to put on hold when Vilanova took ill, but it is believed that the Spanish all-time leading goalscorer is willing to see how the next few weeks go with the Spanish Premier League set to resume this weekend.
Villa has apparently told his representatives not to invite any offers for him, after Andoni Zubizarreta confirmed that he’s a vital part of the team’s plans and was not for sale.
Upon hearing these comments, Chelsea decided to look elsewhere to find a different forward in the transfer market, with rumors on Sunday claiming that Demba Ba is the man next on their list.
Chelsea were also rumored to be in transfer talks with Atletico Madrid for striker Radamel Falcao, but the Columbian international quickly cooling those gossips – stating that although he would love to play in the Premier League, he has no plans to join Chelsea or any other club in the January window.
Arsenal and Swansea City were also listed amongst the English Premier League clubs showing interest, although both have come out to deny the rumors.
It is still left to be seen how the transfer window in the second part of the English Premier League Season will go.