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David Villa’s Transfer to New York City FC Is A Done Deal, Reveals Source

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David Villa’s transfer from Atletico Madrid to New York City FC is a done deal, according to a source who confirmed the news to World Soccer Talk. Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News newspaper has published a photograph of Villa heading into a hospital in Manchester to complete his medical ahead of an announcement that is expected to be made this week.

David Villa, Spain’s all-time top goalscorer, will join MLS’s New York City FC and will play his first official league game for the club in spring 2015. He’s expected to continue playing in La Liga until early next year before he moves Stateside to play in MLS.

The marquee signing by New York City FC is particularly impressive given that Villa was named today to Spain’s 23-man squad for the World Cup. Arguably, the signing of David Villa will be one of the biggest in MLS history. David Beckham had more cache as an international sports star, but Villa has won more at the top level. Thierry Henry, meanwhile, joined New York Red Bulls after he retired from playing international football with France. Villa, while 32, is still winning major honors at the club level and is ready to embark on what will be his final World Cup tournament in a competition where Spain is one of the favorites to win.

Here’s the Manchester Evening News photograph of David Villa going into a local Manchester hospital to take a medical ahead of his signing with New York City FC:

david villa medical David Villas Transfer to New York City FC Is A Done Deal, Reveals Source


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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