The Liverpool ace now appears to be staying at Anfield.
"I am actually a little surprised. It looks like Nando is staying," Villa told the Daily Star Sunday.
"After I spoke with him at the World Cup I thought he would sign for Chelsea. I think it must only be that Chelsea did not meet Liverpool's valuation. Because, if they had, I am sure he would have made the move."
He added: "This is Liverpool's last chance to keep him. They have to prove they are capable of challenging on all fronts this season, otherwise he will be gone.