Atletico Madrid president hails David Villa signing

Barcelona's David Villa celebrates after scoring his side's third goal in their Champions League clash with AC Milan on March 12, 2013
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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is delighted at signing David Villa for a low transfer fee.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said that the deal his side have struck with Barcelona for the signing of David Villa represents a bargain.

The deal will cost Atletico up to £4.4m, which Cerezo believes is a "very low price" considering how long the club have been chasing him.

"Many Spanish and foreign teams would have sacrificed a lot to have Villa in their squads and we have paid a very low price for him, so we're very pleased about that," Cerezo told Radio Nacional de Espana.

"The most important factor in the deal was that we have wanted to sign Villa for a long time and that's why we're so happy. We wanted to sign him when he went to Valencia from Zaragoza, and now he belongs to us.

"Villa still has many seasons left in football. He is a natural goalscorer. We are expecting great things from him because he is one of the key players in the Spain team. We expect him to score many goals."

Villa was at Barca for three years before making the move to Atletico.

Barcelona's David Villa celebrates after scoring his side's third goal in their Champions League clash with AC Milan on March 12, 2013
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