Villa criticises Tottenham over slow approach after Barca exit

David Villa has revealed he was willing to transfer to the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur his likely destination, but went to Atletico Madrid instead after growing tired of waiting for his English suitors to make their move, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Villa was said to be the first choice target of Spurs Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas but moved to Atletico instead, revealing that the Madrid club pushed through the signing while Tottenham were taking their time. And Atletico paid Barcelona just over £4m for Villa – far less than Tottenham had offered the Catalans.

It is true the idea was for me to go to the Premier League, because the biggest offers came from there,” Villa said. “But then Atletico Madrid showed up and they did more in three days than others did in months,” the Spain international added. Villas-Boas is said to have spoken to Villa personally but chairman Daniel Levy baulked at paying the agents fees involved in the transfer, letting Atletico in.

The Mirror claims that Spurs are playing a similar game with Aston Villa in their pursuit of Christian Benteke, having hesitated on meeting the Midlands club’s £25m valuation of the player, who issued a transfer request earlier in July and confirmed he wants to leave.

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