(GSM) – Barcelona striker David Villa has revealed that he has had no problem settling in at Camp Nou due to the club’s strong connection with the Spain national side.
Villa made a move from from Valencia for a reported fee of £33million early in the transfer window and completed a memorable summer by winning the World Cup with Spain in South Africa.
Once the celebrations in his homeland had died down, Villa began life at Primera Liga champions Barcelona, where he joined seven of his world champion compatriots.
The former Sporting Gijon striker has found little difficulty in reproducing his prolific form at his new club, netting twice in his first three games, and he admits settling in was never going to be a problem.
“I am very lucky because I know most of the players and also I know the system we play because it’s so similar to the way we play with the national team,” Villa told The Guardian.
“I feel very proud to have been born in this great generation of football players. We have been playing together for so long most of the players are like family.
“The system is standard for us, we have practised it for so many years and you can see how much we enjoy playing together on the pitch.
“It is automatic the way we pass and how we attack.”
Spain and Barcelona have earned plaudits all over the world for their possessive style and Villa believes other teams are now adapting their approach, but he bears no grudge on that.
“With Barca and Spain we find that now many teams try to replicate and imitate our style,” added the 28-year-old.
“A lot of teams are trying to play like that – to keep the ball at the back, changing their own style. I guess in the future many teams will look to us as reference points and that is something we must be proud of.”
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