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Luis hails Villa signing

12 July 2013 04:09

Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis is delighted with the arrival of striker David Villa from Barcelona.

Atletico paid Barca €2.1 million for the 31-year-old, and that fee could rise to €5.1 million if he sees out his three-year deal.

Despite falling out of favour at Barca last term as he struggled to get back to full fitness following a leg break, Luis is confident Villa still has plenty to offer as a replacement for star Radamel Falcao, who has left to join Monaco.

"I think he's a great signing, and the correct choice, not just because of everything he represents for Spanish football, but because he won't need to adapt, he scores 15 or 20 goals a season," the defender said.

"He has been scoring goals in this league for many years now and, most importantly, he still has that hunger, which is what this team needs if we are to keep growing and competing.

"Of course Falcao and Villa are different players. Villa plays all over the pitch and is very good at finding space.

"Last year Diego Costa played that way and it worked very well for us. I'm sure he'll come here determined to succeed."

Luis said Atletico are determined to improve on their stellar campaign last season, when they finished third in La Liga and won the Copa del Rey.

"This team can keep growing and can give even more," he said. "I won't place any limits on the team or myself.

"We're going to grow, the team and I are both going to try even harder it wouldn't surprise me if we improved on what we achieved last season."

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +4 6
2 2 +3 4
3 2 +2 4
4 2 +1 4
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +1 4
7 2 +2 3
8 2 +1 3
9 2 +1 3
10 2 +0 3
11 2 +0 3
12 2 -1 3
13 2 -2 3
14 2 +0 2
15 2 -1 1
16 2 -1 1
17 2 -1 1
18 2 -2 1
19 2 -3 1
20 2 -5 0

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