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David Villa: "The World Cup will be my last games for Spain"

"Now I want to enjoy myself from the word go, put in a great World Cup and, why not, get another star," the striker told TV channel Cuatro.

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Lack of first-team action until March: “I’m going to train, there’ll be someone by my side the whole time. After the busy time I’ve had, it’ll be good for me. I haven’t had summer holidays for a number of years and in these months I’ll be able to recover well.”

Plenty of football left in him: “It’s one of the reasons why I’ve accepted [New York City FC’s offer]: I still have a lot of football left in me. If not, I would have gone home, although I didn’t consider the possibility of retiring. I want to make a name for myself here and make people talk about David Villa in this part of the world.”

Calling time on international career: “I don’t like to say that I’m saying goodbye, but obviously at the World Cup I’ll be playing my last games for Spain. Now I want to enjoy myself from the word go, put in a great World Cup and, why not, get another star [on the Spain shirt].”

Atlético Madrid: “The players are very happy at Atlético. There’s a lot of talk that a number of players are going to leave, but it’s normal that European teams want Atlético’s players. That’s something to be proud about. They have contracts and I’m sure that Atlético are going to perform really well for years to come.”

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