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

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."