Santi Cazorla has jumped in on the David Villa love-in that our players seem to be partaking in before our pre-season friendly against the MLS All-Stars.

Nacho Monreal recently spoke about how much he’s looking forward to facing his fellow Spaniard and now Santi has got in on the action, claiming that Villa was born with a gift.

“David is simply one of the best Spanish strikers ever,” the midfielder said to Arsenal Player.

“He has an amazing ability to score goals. He was born with a real gift and he has always worked hard to keep developing it.

“I admire him hugely as a footballer but I also admire him as a person – we are really good friends. He has helped me in many different ways in my career and I’m delighted he’s doing so well in the MLS.

“It will be a really interesting game. There are some great players in the MLS and we are lucky enough to be playing against the best of them. It will be a very special match for both sides. The most important thing is that we perform really well.”

COMMERCE CITY, CO – JULY 28: MLS All-Star David Villa of the New York City FC works out during training ahead of the MLS All-Star Game against the Tottenham Hotspur at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 28, 2015 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Although Villa was very clinical, particularly during his time a Barcelona, would I say he’s one of the best in the world? I’m not sure. However, I can understand why the likes of Santi and Nacho are looking forward to playing against him on Friday.

It’ll be interesting to see how the 34-year-old’s pace matches up now that he’s grown older. Saying this, he clearly hasn’t lost his class and style – although they say you never do – as he’s been completely deadly for New York City FC since joining in 2014.

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