The Spain international has long been linked with a move to England.
“Quite simply, I rejected the possibility of moving abroad at that moment because there were issues that would not allow me to leave my country,” Villa told The Times.
“My wife was pregnant and it didn’t seem right to leave.
“I like the Premier League a lot. It’s the league I follow the most along with La Liga and I’ve got a lot of friends playing there.
“There are a lot of globally important teams there that play very good football.”