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FC Barcelona News: 26 December 2012: Chelsea Reportedly Line Up Bid For David Villa

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Chelsea are reportedly lining up a January bid for David Villa, while Barcelona receive praise from Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez

Tabarez had some nice words to say about the Blaugrana
Tabarez had some nice words to say about the Blaugrana
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Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez eyeing £12m swoop for Barcelona star David Villa - Daily Record

Chelsea are set to gazump Arsenal and Liverpool by signing Barcelona striker David Villa. The World Cup winner has become a Nou Camp outsider in the wake of last season’s broken leg and has made just a handful of starts this term. And interim Blues boss Rafa Benitez is keen to get the green light to launch a £12million January swoop for the 31-year-old.

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"Mourinho is not going anywhere. He has a contract until 2016," Louro told Record. "The league cannot tell us anything yet but we have to recharge our batteries for the rest of the Liga campaign, and, especially in the Copa del Rey and Champions League, we must try to win something this season."

Real Madrid legend Francisco Buyo believes manager Jose Mourinho should not have dropped Iker Casillas from the starting line-up for the league game against Malaga. "I refuse to think that Mourinho has anything personal against Casillas. If we look at performance, the majority of players are not up to the level the supporters and shareholders would wish," he noted. "Something is going wrong. It would be unfair to point the finger at Iker for the Málaga substitution. I am not going to name names, but there are many who are not up to the mark."

The manager of the Uruguay national side, Oscar Washington Tabárez, has stated that Barcelona plays the best football he has ever seen, though he went on to say that it is not a good idea to copy this, as every club side or international team has to find its own style. He told the FIFA digital website "Barcelona amazes us all, and has a style of football which is the best I have ever seen".