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David Villa to Sign 3-Year Contract With New York City FC, Says Report

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Atletico Madrid and Spain striker David Villa will sign a 3-year contract to join New York City FC, the new MLS side that is scheduled to launch in 2015.

After reports in the Spanish media during the past 48 hours speculated that Villa is close to a deal, reputable reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has confirmed that Villa will play next season in the United States.

Di Marzio reports:

“David Villa has already reached an agreement with New York City and will sign a three-year contract.

“Spain’s top scorer will play in the team created by Manchester City and the New York Yankees. After two Spanish titles in a row, Villa leaves Europe for a new adventure in the United States.”

Before Villa joined Atletico Madrid last summer, the former Valencia striker was close to deals to join Arsenal or Tottenham. But Villa decided to stay in Spain where he helped his Atletico Madrid side win a historic La Liga title.

If the reports are true, this would arguably be one of Major League Soccer’s biggest signings after David Beckham.

Villa is the first Spanish player to ever reach 50 international goals and is Spain’s all-time top goalscorer, having also scored more World Cup goals than any other player in Spain’s history in the process. The goals-to-games ratio he has achieved for the national team has not been matched by any player since Alfredo Di Stéfano.

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  1. DaveG

    May 31, 2014 at 1:04 am

    MLS is nowhere near the competitive caliber he is used to, but I trust ManC will find a home suitable.

    NYCFC have struck gold…Villa is, in my opinion, the Best Spanish Striker to date.

    Just look at the Honours over his Spanish career:

    Real Zaragoza

    Copa del Rey (1): 2003–04
    Supercopa de España (1): 2004


    Copa del Rey (1): 2007–08


    La Liga (2): 2010–11, 2012–13
    Copa del Rey (1): 2011–12
    Supercopa de España (2): 2010, 2011
    UEFA Champions League (1): 2010–11
    UEFA Super Cup (1): 2011
    FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2011

    Atlético Madrid

    La Liga (1): 2013–14
    UEFA Champions League Runner-up (1): 2013–14

    Spain National Team

    FIFA World Cup (1): 2010
    UEFA European Championship (1): 2008

  2. christian

    May 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Well I could see the chance that he plays here in NYC and gets to be on loan to MCFC. FFP be damned.

  3. Jake

    May 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    No ambition Villa? Your trading the UCL for the CCL?

    • CTBlues

      May 30, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Imagine if the best non European players didn’t play in Europe.

  4. David

    May 29, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    NYC FC must be offering Villa a contract he can’t refuse. He’s still a good player and I’m sure there are many clubs in Europe that would pay him a lot.

  5. goatslookshifty

    May 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Repeat after me Gus Johnson, “Dah’vid Veeya”.

    • Steve

      May 29, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Stop with the Gus.

  6. Brett

    May 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    “If the reports are true, this would arguably be one of Major League Soccer’s biggest signings after David Beckham.”

    Ever heard of Thierry Henry?

    • Christopher Harris

      May 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Note the sentence said “one of” not “the” 🙂

  7. Grayson

    May 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    So he’s basically going to take a year off from the game? Usually when decent players move to the MLS from Europe, the play till Jan or Feb then come over here.

    Decent signing, still has lots to give.

  8. christian

    May 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    It’s interesting. We’ll have to find some midfielders to give him opportunity.

    • David

      May 29, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      There is a rumor NYC FC will be talking to Barcelona after the World Cup to possibly sign Xavi.

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