Australian club secure its biggest ever star after the Spanish star signs with the MLS.
It might only be for 10 games but it is being described as a watershed moment in the history of the A-League with Spanish superstar David Villa set to play 10 games with Melbourne City next season.
Fresh off of signing with new Major League Soccer Club, New York City FC, Villa has been loaned out to sister-franchise, the newly renamed Melbourne City FC.
Villa said the deal to play in Australia benefits him personally, adding he hopes to be as much of a marketing tool as he can be while in the country.
“It’s very good for me in every sense,” Villa said. “From a football point of view it’s the opportunity to play in a new league in a different country, and of course it will be ideal for me to get some competitive football in the period before the MLS season gets under way.
“I’m sure that playing for Melbourne City FC will be a marvellous experience.
“What I’ve always done throughout my career is do the best I possibly can. That is what I will do for Melbourne City FC in every game that I play for them.
“I’ll be giving everything for the team, just like I have with every club I’ve played for.”
City coach John van’t Schip was excited about getting to chance to work with one of the best players in the world, and also spoke positively about what impact Villa could have in his 10-game career in the A-League.
“David Villa is still at the peak of his game; he is playing in his third World Cup in Brazil, has just won the Spanish league and is an instinctive and gifted striker who will contribute significantly to Melbourne City FC,” van’t Schip said.
“We are confident David will be an incredible asset to the playing group and his experiences in Europe and for his country will help our players not only on the pitch, but in training as well”, he added.