Spanish world cup winner, David Villa, feels more settled now the ongoing transfer speculation is over.
The Barcelona forward moved to the Catalan giants in the summer for £40million, and ended years of speculation about the 29-year-ols future.
He had been heavily linked with moves to Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid before joining Barcelona from Valencia.
15 La Liga goals so far this season are proof that he is happy now, and he told the Independent life was much easier without the constant speculation.
“I got used to the stories that I was going to England,”
“You work just the same on the pitch but you definitely get a boost when your future is sorted out and everything calms down.
“Now I can switch off when I walk off the pitch, without the rumours that I once had to put up with.
He was quick to add, “I was lucky that when the moment came when Valencia had no choice but to sell me, Barcelona were in a position to bring me here.
“I wanted to play here and I have been lucky enough that they wanted me as part of this team and that they were prepared to pay a lot of money to make it happen.”
Villa will face English club, Arsenal in Wednesday night’s Champions League last 16 clash at the Emirates, but is taking nothing for granted against the Gunners.
“You have one off-day in this competition and you go out.”
The striker also listed Arsenal, as well as Liverpool, as clubs he may have played for in England had he moved over here.
“As a spectator I like the way Arsenal play with quick one or two-touch football,” he added. “Their style would have suited me well.
“I also had friends at Liverpool and from what I have heard from team-mates, players learn a lot when playing under Rafa Benitez, but that did not happen.”
Villa also talked about Arsenals North London rivals, Tottenham, who have reached the knockout stage in their first year with relative ease.
He said: “They were at a disadvantage at the start of the competition, not having played in it before, but they got a couple of great games under their belt and that levelled the playing field straight away.
“You can’t call their run a surprise because you only have to look at their team sheet to see how many very good players they have.”