Winning with Spain is all that matters - Villa

The Barcelona forward insists personal accolades are of a secondary importance as his side prepare to face Italy in the Confederations Cup semi-final
David Villa has stressed that winning trophies for Spain is far more important than improving his own personal scoring record.

The 31-year-old is la Roja’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals, and has three to his name thus far in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Villa, however, insists that personal milestones count for little when compared with securing silverware.

“We know that Spain winning trophies is all that matters,” he told Marca ahead of his side's semi-final with Italy.

“Individual awards, and I hope they all go to Spanish players, are a secondary issue.

“Some days things fall for you and on other days they don’t. Of course goals are always on forwards’ minds, because they are our bread and butter, but you end up thinking more about the chances you miss than the ones you put away.”

The Barcelona forward has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou this summer, with the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal keen on securing his services, but Villa is doing his utmost to concentrate on his duties for the national team at present.

“I’m here to help the team, as I always am," he continued. "This hasn’t been my best year. It’s not that I’ve come into the tournament at a disadvantage compared to my teammates, but it has been a slightly unusual situation.

“I have never felt untouchable in the national team. I’m just an ordinary member of a squad that is striving to keep winning.”