Villa not on Liverpool shopping list

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez isn't interested in joining the battle for Valencia striker David Villa.

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The Liverpool Echo says Benitez is not interested in the Valencia forward, despite reports linking them with a bid for Villa.

Villa, who is currently the top-scorer at Euro 2008 with four strikes, was quoted as saying he would be interested in a move to Merseyside last week, but moved to dampen any speculation on Wednesday morning.

He said: "I have heard that I am supposed to have said that I would prefer to go to Liverpool to play next season or that I want Chelsea to be my next team.

"I have not said anything like that. My club insists I am not for sale and, believe me, I am totally focused on the European Championships."

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