Spanish striker David Villa, explained the reason behind his decision to leave New York City FC and sign a new contract for Vissel Kobe.
You may have already found out about the new destination that striker David Villa chose to continue his career, the Spaniard just announced that he wouldn’t be returning to the MLS and he announced that he will play in Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
But we still hadn’t heard any details from the man himself after the announcement, he just offered a press conference in which he explained why he chose Vissel Kobe to continue his retirement years.
To those who are not aware, David Villa is set to join Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski in the Japanese club that is putting together a very ambitious project under Spanish manager Luis Manuel Lillo.
Villa is already in Japan where he already gave a press conference as a player for his new club, he was very clear about his reason behind the new adventure he is undertaking and revealed that he is very happy to join former teammates Andres Iniesta in the club.
Both Spaniards made history with the Spanish National Team between 2008 and 2012, they also shared a dressing room at FC Barcelona under Pep Guardiola during the same period of time.
My new club.https://t.co/jC8UcI6ZjI
— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) December 1, 2018
“In my years as a professional footballer, I have had to make many important decisions. For an athlete, the ones made off the field are the hardest, and I find myself in another one of those moments now,” Villa said via Goal.
“Throughout my career, I have always listened to my body, people around me, and my instinct most of all.”
“In those moments of doubt, I hope that a sign, a detail or something gives me clarity. A new challenge awaits, Asia.”
“I take care when making such big career decisions, I need to know a club really wants me,” he added.
“I love to feel welcome and I felt that from Vissel Kobe. That’s a big reason. “When I got the offer from Vissel I called Iniesta and my wife called Andres’ wife.”
“The city of Kobe, the wonderful times with family, hearing about the club’s togetherness and their project – I got a good impression of the club from Andres.”
“He was my team-mate as well as my friend for many years. It’s great that I can challenge myself in a new project with him,” he concluded.
— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) December 1, 2018
In his time alongside Andres Iniesta, David Villa has won a combined two European Championships (2008 and 2012), a World Cup in 2010, the 2011 Champions League, as well as two La Liga trophies amongst other titles alongside Andres.
Villa was able to develop a unique attacking relationship and an understanding that is very rare in football, these details are what made his decision to play for Vissel Kobe all that much easier.
David is about to turn 37 years old next Monday, a fitting age for a retiree to play one last season before hanging up his boots.
But even if he is already a seasoned veteran in football, we can be certain that he will deliver many goals for Vissel Kobe because he still is at a very high level of performance.
The 80 goals he scored for New York City FC, as a testament of what David Villa is still capable of doing.
From the very start of his career with the Japanese club, Vissel Kobe can already be considered a title contender due to the impressive attacking trio they have with both Spaniards and German forward Lukas Podolski.
El equipo que está armando Vissel Kobe 🇯🇵
3 campeones del mundo
— Futbol Picante (@futpicante) December 1, 2018
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