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Villarreal are a good side. A very useful side, in fact. Barcelona and Real Madrid may be head and shoulders above the rest in La Liga, but the small-town club helped light up the Europa League last season, and both they and neighbours Valencia fully deserve their place in this season's Champions League.
However, the strike which saw the first round of Primera Division fixtures postponed meant the Yellow Submarines' opening domestic match of the season was a trip to the Camp Nou, where they were ripped to shreds in a 5-0 win for the champions.
That comprehensive defeat must have been hard to take, and may help to convince Rossi that he has gone as far as he can in Spain. The Italy international was heavily linked with a move to Barca in the early part of the summer, but once Pep Guardiola had added Alexis Sanchez to a list of forwards that already boasted Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro Rodriguez, it was clear that ship had sailed.
Enter Tottenham. Spurs made a bid for Rossi back in January. True, they made bids for several other strikers in Spain at the same time, but the Jersey boy was one of the higher targets on Harry Redknapp's list.
Many players hold plenty of stock in clubs maintaining their interest in them over a period of time.
Rossi has unfinished business in the Premier League, having failed to impress during spells at Manchester United and Newcastle United as a teenager. If Redknapp or Spurs chairman Daniel Levy can sell the club and the opportunity to him, he may be tempted into making a return to the UK.