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Villa's vague statements about his future have led many in Spain to speculate that he is on his way to the Santiago Bernabeu.

David Villa of Valencia has been tipped in the Spanish press to complete a move to Real Madrid this summer.

Villa gave fans a teasing glimpse of his footballing future when he revealed to reporters that he has already decided where he will play next season.

He made the declarations after Spain’s Confederations Cup win over Iraq on Wednesday evening, stating, “My agent knows my decision and he’s the one who now has to work for that.”

And when asked how much longer it would take before the matter is resolved, he simply responded, “I have no idea.”

His words may not have exposed too much but sources within the Spanish press have told that this was his biggest hint yet that he is angling for a move to Real Madrid, given that he already has a lengthy contract with Valencia that does not need to be worked on, and Barcelona, the only other Primera Division side interested in his signature, have not yet even started any form of serious negotiations.

Rumours that the Blaugrana have tabled a bid of €40 million cash plus two players (Bojan Krkic on loan and Martin Caceres) have also been shot to pieces after it was revealed that the club only have €30-35 million to spend this summer, further restricting the possibility that he is on his way to the Camp Nou.

Liverpool and Manchester United are also reportedly in the hunt but Villa has repeatedly stressed that he does not want to leave Spain, thus leaving Los Blancos as the favourites to sign him.

Spanish radio station Cadena SER yesterday reported that Villa had already reached a principle agreement with Madrid as far back as May 14 to join the side on a five-year deal. Apparently, the only thing holding the move back is the formal agreement between the two clubs. 

It is also believed that Merengues president Florentino Perez will grant an interview to a Valencia-based TV station later on today (Thursday), in which he is expected to either reveal the latest developments of the deal or continue to insist that he will not go over the fee that was initially agreed upon - around €30 million plus Alvaro Negredo.

KS Leong,