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Barcelona only want David Villa and have assured him that they will continue to press for his signature...

Pep Guardiola has told David Villa that Barcelona will wait for him and will not seek to sign a new striker while talks at boardroom level continue with Valencia, according to a report.

The Blaugrana boss is adamant that the Spain international is the player that he wants to lead his new-look front-line next term after deciding that he does not want Samuel Eto'o.

Earlier reports indicated that Valencia were ready to prevent Villa from leaving, but the club are now being quoted as saying they would accept a higher offer.

El Mundo Deportivo states that Guardiola spoke to the player on the telephone and said "we will wait for you" - and that has lifted Villa's spirits.

A deal looked set to be done last week, but Llorente has since decided that he wants more than the €40 million that is on the table from the Catalan giants.

Eto'o's exit is also looking complicated as Manchester City claimed that they were no longer interested and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said he will add no more players to his squad.

AC Milan and Inter are two other options, while Chelsea could also be tempted to rekindle their interest in the free-scoring Cameroonian international - for the right price.

Villa only wants to play for Barcelona now and El Mundo Deportivo believe that he has made that clear to Llorente, who reportedly told him last summer that he could go this year.

Lucas Brown,