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David Villa ignoring Liverpool speculation
David Villa insists he pays no attention to speculation over his future and still feels like an important part of the Barcelona squad.
It was reported in Spain that Villa had fallen out with Lionel Messi and Cadena SER claimed last month that Liverpool had expressed an interest in his services.
Barcelona currently trail rivals Real Madrid by three points in La Liga, having played the extra game, after they recently suffered their first defeat of the season. However, Villa feels he retains the faith of Pep Guardiola and his team-mates and has no concerns over the reports.
"I feel important, and even more so when the manager speaks well of me," he was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. "I've always had the affection of team-mates and especially the public. I noticed it since the day I arrived, so it's not vital that I score.
"I don't give any importance to what is said outside the club. I don't have to be worried about all of this - it's all the same to me. I work so that the manager, my colleagues, the fans and my family are happy, and that's the case."