New Atletico Madrid striker David Villa had his heart set on a move to the Premier League until "the best team in the world" showed their hand.
The 31-year-old was unveiled at the Vicente Calderon after completing a cut-price 2.1million euro move from Barcelona . The fee paid to the Spanish champions will rise to 5.1m euros if Villa sees out the entirety of a three-year deal.
The Spain international started less than half of Barca's league games last season to put a host of European clubs on high alert, with Tottenham among the Premier League clubs closely linked with a move for the former Valencia forward.
But when Atletico approached him in early July, he knew his future lay with the capital club.
He told reporters: "We had a move to the Premier in mind but then Atleti appeared and within three days all my personal terms had been agreed. From a career point of view, they weren't lacking anything. They finished third and will play in the Champions League. They beat Real Madrid ...