Liverpool and Chelsea hopes dashed as Barca rule out sale

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed that striker David Villa will not be moving to a Premier League club, despite reports in the Spanish press to the contrary.

The Spain international has not had the same amount of time on the pitch as last season, and was overlooked for the Clasico match against Real Madrid last Saturday, with Alexis Sanchez starting in his place.

Marca had indicated that the European champions were ready to offload Villa in the January transfer window, with Liverpool and Chelsea a possible destination; Guardiola categorically denies this.

“Marca lie. I have not spoken to David after the last match in Madrid, but all of the players are in my plans,” the former midfielder stated at a press conference.

“I am the one who comes up with 25 different line-ups during the season because I feel that is the best thing to do.

“Most of the players that are here now will continue for the rest of this season and the next,” he concluded.

Barcelona are in Japan to compete in the Club World Cup currently, and take on Asian champions Al Sad on Thursday; the winner will face Santos of Brazil in the final.

By Gareth McKnight