David Villa promised to add "his little bit" to a Barcelona side he already believes is the best in the world after completing his €40m move from Valencia. The Spain international passed a medical and signed a four-year deal, which has an option for a further 12 months, at Camp Nou today before being presented to 35,000 enthusiastic fans in the Catalonian capital.
Barça retained their La Liga crown last weekend and the addition of Villa to an already formidable forward line ought to make it even tougher for arch-rivals Real Madrid to reclaim the title. After signing a deal which contains a €200m buy-out clause, the 28-year-old said: "I hope that all Barcelona fans will be happy with my performances, I am sure that will be the case.
"I have come to a club that has won everything in recent years, so I will add my little bit to make the club better than it is now and continue that run of success. It is already the best team and club in the world."
Villa's arrival has led to speculation Zlatan Ibrahimovic would now be surplus to requirements, after a mixed first season following his arrival from Inter Milan in a swap deal which saw Samuel Eto'o move in the opposite direction. But Villa, top scorer in Spain's triumphant UEFA EURO 2008 campaign, is hoping he can play alongside the Swede. "If you work with enthusiasm then everyone is compatible," he said.
Villa's message was echoed by Barcelona's technical secretary Txiki Begiristain. "The season is very long and challenging and we have many quality strikers," he explained. "Just because Villa comes does not mean Ibra will have to go.
"Ibrahimovic had a spectacular season for three-quarters of it and his future has not been discussed. There is no doubt that Ibra will be happy (with Villa's arrival), because it's always good to have competition and he wants the same as Villa, which is to win titles."
Villa scored 107 goals in 166 league matches for Valencia after establishing himself with Zaragoza, and is hoping goals will continue to fly in for his new club. "It's always hard to score goals, but when you have players like Xavi, (Lionel) Messi, (Sergio) Busquets, (Seydou) Keita or Pedro (Rodriguez) around you, it's bound to be a little easier for a striker," he said.
Villa helped Valencia win the Copa del Rey in 2008, and moves on having fired the club to a third-placed finish in the 2009/10 La Liga and a return to the UEFA Champions League. "I leave with the satisfaction that the club has returned to where it deserves to be every year: fighting among the best in Europe in the Champions League," he said.