Spain's David Villa to retire frominternational football after World Cup
David Villa, former Valencia, Barcelona, and Atletico
Madrid player, announced Monday that he will retire
from international football after the 2014 World Cup
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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