Spain's David Villa to retire frominternational football after World Cup

By 07:06 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 Comments

David Villa, former Valencia, Barcelona, and Atletico

Madrid player, announced Monday that he will retire

from international football after the 2014 World Cup

in Brazil.

In an exclusive interview to EFE, Villa said that he

wished he could play for the Spanish national team

until he is 50, yet one needed to be realistic.

Villa, 32, was selected by national team coach,

Vicente del Bosque, in the final squad list which will

play in Brazil 2014.

"I spoke with del Bosque and he understands my

decision," added Villa who is the all-time top scorer

for Spain with 58 goals.

The Spaniard said that he thought a lot about his

decision to retire internationally, which seems logical

as he is growing older, yet he did not wish to

announce it before start of the Brazil World Cup with

La Furia Roja.

About Diego Costa, who is born in Brazil but opted to

play for Spain in the World Cup, Villa praised him as

a distinctive player with a lot of potential, and he

will serve the national team well.

Villa spoke about his stint with Atletico Madrid,

praising it as a great experience which ended with

winning La Liga title for the first time for Los

Rojiblancos in 16 years.

Villa did not mind ending his professional career

with Sporting Gijon where he started as a youngster.

The Spaniard recently signed with Major League

Soccer (MLS) side New York City FC.



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