Valencia's Villa: No rift with Real Madrid captain Raul

Valencia striker David Villa cannot believe a move to Real Madrid was blocked by Raul.

It's been suggested the Real captain urged the board to drop their push for Villa in the summer over fears for his position in the team.

But Villa insists: "That rumour is not true. A player with so much class inside and outside the field like Raul would never do such a thing. That rumour isn't why I did not sign for Real Madrid. I've always had a good relationship with Raul."

Villa, who is now fully committed to Valencia, was asked about a future move to Madrid and added: "I do not think that (president) Vicente Soriano would accept any offer for me.

"You can never say never to anything, because maybe in two years Valencia will ask me to leave."

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