Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova is adamant that David Villa will not be leaving the club anytime soon.
Villa is still yet to recover fully from the horrific broken leg he sustained towards the end of 2011.
He has been fit enough to feature for Barca this season however, and it has been rumoured that Villa has been unhappy with the relative lack of game time he has been receiving, considering the strikerless formation Barca often adopt.
Arsenal are one of the clubs rumoured to be keeping an eye on 31-year-old goal machine Villa.
But Vilanova insists that Spain’s all-time top international scorer has a bright Camp Nou future.
Villa scored a brace before limping out of Barca’s recent Copa del Rey win over Cordoba, and a hamstring injury kept him out of the Catalan club’s win over Malaga last night.
Yet it seems that had he been fit, Villa would have been in Vilanova’s plans, hence the manager’s determination to keep hold of the former Valencia target man.
"David is not going to leave. We are very happy with him," Vilanova said.
"The other day he scored two goals. We've always said that he's coming off a long injury, and he's getting more minutes all the time. But he's suffering more physical problems again.
"We know how important he is, like last year when we missed him a lot in the second half of the season. I'm convinced he will help us a lot over the remainder of the season."