STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Former Barcelona striker David Villa 'on a cloud' over Spain recall

David Villa says he is floating on "a little cloud" after the 35-year-old's recall by Spain for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

Published: 29th August 2017 07:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2017 07:43 PM   |  A+A-

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2017 file photo, MLS All-Stars' David Villa reacts during the MLS All-Star Game against Real Madrid in Chicago. Three years after his last match with Spain, the veteran striker is the surprise name in the list of players called up b

By AFP

MADRID: David Villa says he is floating on "a little cloud" after the 35-year-old's recall by Spain for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

Spain's all-time top scorer with 59 goals in 97 appearances seemed to have ruled himself out of future selection by joining MLS side New York City in 2015.

But a lack of options and Diego Costa's misfiring form has led to Spain coach Julen Lopetegui bringing the New York City captain and 2010 world champion in from the cold.

"I'm on a little cloud, I'm thrilled to be back with my mates, and not only the players," he said on Tuesday.

The former Barcelona striker added: "I'm only doing now what I've always done throughout my life, that's work to the maximum so that the national coach takes an interest in me and calls me up.

"I'm here to help. I'm enjoying a marvellous period, it's been three years since my last selection and I must be worthy of it."

Spain host Italy at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday with both sides locked together on 16 points at the top of Group G of European qualifying.

Spain then travel to Liechtenstein on September 5.

Stay up to date on all the latest Football news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp