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Villa: I have a good relationship with Messi

20 April 2013 16:51

Barcelona forward David Villa says he has a positive working relationship with team-mate Lionel Messi.

The first half of the season saw suggestions the Spanish forward and Argentine attacker were not getting along.

But the former Valencia striker said disagreements between the pair had been blown out of proportion.

"I have a good relationship with Messi," Villa told reporters on Saturday.

"We are past all those perceived verbal clashes. Some things that have happened are normal for football matches. People tend to look at us with a magnifying glass."

In addition to his comments about Messi, Villa moved to set the record straight regarding another element of his Barca career – whether he will leave the club in the near future.

"I'm happy right now," he said.

"I have a contract and both supporters and the club recognise my work. There will be time for talk about any transfer (in the off-season)."

Villa said Barca would need to up their game if they are going to overcome Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League final this season.

"We all have to improve. We'll need to bring more to the table to defeat Bayern in the semi-final. We know their strengths and have to work out how to capitalise on their weaknesses," he said.

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