Barcelona splurge on David Villa

Barcelona moved quickly to reinforce their squad snapping up Spain striker David Villa from Valencia for 40 million euros on Wednesday.

sports Updated: May 19, 2010 23:23 IST
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Barcelona moved quickly to reinforce their squad snapping up Spain striker David Villa from Valencia for 40 million euros (approx Rs 227 crore) on Wednesday. After a board meeting at Valencia in the morning, their president Manuel Llorente said they had accepted the offer.

Barcelona confirmed the deal in a statement on their website (www.fcbarcelona.com), saying Villa would sign a four-year contract with an option for one more year.

Mourinho wants to be at Real ‘100 per cent’

Inter Milan's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday he wants to coach Real Madrid ‘100 per cent’ but is not sure when it will happen.

“I want to coach Real Madrid 100percent. Whether it's next year or later, I can't say,” he said in an interview published in Spanish sports daily Marca.

“A coach or a great player who does not play at a club like Real Madrid would leave a void in their career. My only options are Real Madrid or Inter,” he added. His comments come as Inter are preparing for the Champions League final.

First Published: May 19, 2010 23:19 IST