New York City FC striker, David Villa left Barcelona in 2013 after winning a Champions League medal and two La Liga titles before joining Atletico Madrid.

He has now revealed that he left the Catalan giants due to lack of playing time. Speaking to Sport, he said:

“I just decided to leave because I had lost my starting spot.

“I have always tried to be realistic about where I am, where I can go, I lost my place and I was not playing as much for technical reasons.

“The easy path would have been staying at Barcelona, to keep winning titles, prestige and reputation, but I wanted to be on the pitch. I looked for a way out.

“But then the media turned it into something else, when it was that simple: I did not want to be on the bench more than the pitch,” the 34-year-old explained.

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