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The 23-year-old is considered one of the most exciting left-sided players in Europe and has previously attracted interest from AC Milan, Napoli and Manchester United

David Villa has revealed that he is excited by speculation linking Barcelona with Jordi Alba, praising his former Valencia team-mate for his "spectacular" development in recent seasons.

The Blaugrana are reportedly intent on bringing in the 23-year-old left-back, who can also play on the wing, to Camp Nou this summer, but have yet to agree a fee with Los Che.

Villa, for his part, is hoping that the two clubs can soon strike an accord as he believes Alba is a special talent and would prove an excellent acquistion.

"He's one of the people I get along best with and he has had a spectacular career and it is not only Barcelona that would want him, but every team," the forward told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

"You always want to have players like this with you. He has incredible versatility and is in great physical condition."

Alba, who has been capped five times by Spain, has also previously been linked with AC Milan, Napoli and Manchester United.

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