Vice-president: 'David Villa can leave Barcelona'

Barcelona's David Villa is congratulated by team mates after scoring against Cordoba on January 10, 2013
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The vice-president of Barcelona says that David Villa will be allowed to leave the club if that is what he wants to do.

Barcelona's vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted that the club will not stand in David Villa's way if he decides to leave Camp Nou.

Recent reports had claimed that the Spanish international had made his mind up to leave the Catalan outfit at the end of the current campaign due to concerns over a lack of starting opportunities.

Despite insisting that the coaching staff want the 31-year-old to stay, Bartomeu has said that they would not prevent any unhappy squad members from departing.

"The coaches hope he is here next season but we will not retain any player who is uncomfortable," Bartomeu told BTV. "In that case, we will talk to him to seek a solution."

Villa joined Barca from Valencia for a reported £35m in the summer of 2010.

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