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David Villa set to leave New York City FC

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Spanish legend David Villa, announced that he is leaving New York City FC and there is already speculation to where his next club will be.

We are certain that you may remember Spanish striker David Villa, the legendary all-time top scorer for his country who was apparently playing his final years at New York City FC in the MLS but just made a shocking announcement.

The former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid player, just told the world that he is leaving the America club as he has finished his contract and decided to not pursue a renewal.

‘Guaje’ Villa was one of the most talented veteran players who came from European football to improve the level of the MLS, which he did after scoring a staggering 80 goals and 26 assists in 124 matches playing for the club from the ‘Big Apple’.

Villa shared the squad with the also legendary Andrea Pirlo, but they weren’t able to conquer the MLS title during their time at the club.

David leaves a massive legacy due to the impressive level of performance he demonstrated despite his advanced age, the striker leaves the club at 37 years old but he confirmed that he won’t hang up his boots just yet.

There is still another adventure that David Villa wants to have.

The various demonstrations of admiration and respect started coming from all over the United States, as David Villa announced his farewell through a statement that was published by the club via their different platforms.

“I can only say thank you, thank you to everybody. First, to City Football Group that gave me the opportunity to come here. To NYCFC and MLS for accepting me. To everybody from the bottom to the top in the club who helped me day-by-day,” Villa said in a statement via New York City FC’s official website.

“Thank you to the people in the offices, the people working with the team and the coaches and staff. Thank you to my teammates – without them it would have been impossible to be successful. Thank you to all the people working in the media that always gave me the respect and the love.”

“Obviously, our fans, I remember the first day I showed the jersey and the supporters were there. I would have liked to give the supporters the MLS Cup, but I don’t have any doubts that in the next years the club will get it for sure,” he added.

Japan, the most likely destination for Villa

After the announcement was made, several reports started coming from various sources that suggest David Villa will be joining his compatriots Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta in the Japanese J-League for a club in Yokohama.

The initial report came from MLS journalist Pablo Maurer, who confirmed the information and added that Villa will play in the Asian country only for a single season.

David Villa is one of Spain’s most respected strikers in history, he also had a very successful career in European football where he even formed part of the FC Barcelona squad that won the UEFA Champions League against Manchester United back in 2011.

‘Guaje’ scored one of his squad’s three goals at Wembley Stadium during that final, he then moved to Atletico Madrid where he also managed to leave an impression after reaching the 2014 Champions League final with the Colchoneros.

During his time with Diego Simeone’s squad, Villa was also able to lift La Liga trophy in a shocking manner after beating Barcelona on the 2013-2014 season during the final match of the tournament.

Villa was also part of that Spain golden generation that won two European Championships and a World Cup, all three trophies back-to-back.

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