David Villa Becomes New York City FC First Recruit

Spanish striker David Villa has penned a three-year deal with New York City FC from Atletico Madrid.

The 32-year-old becomes the club’s first player, after helping Atletico to a first La Liga title in 18 years.

The former Barcelona striker scored 13 league goals for Atletico last season and was also part of the team which lost 4-1 to neighbours Real Madrid on May 24.

David Villa Joins New York City FC. Image: Twitter @NYCFC
David Villa Joins New York City FC. Image: Twitter @NYCFC

“I want to try and help MLS continue to grow, through playing, working hard, scoring goals and at the same time try to make New York City FC become the best team in the league,” said Villa, who has traveled with Spanish national team to Washington for a World Cup training camp.

“It’s a real honor that the people who have formed the club have focused their attention on me.

“I’m keen to do the best I can, take on board that extra responsibility and prove my worth by repaying the confidence they have shown in me.”

The newly-formed Major League Soccer (MLS) club are jointly owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, They look to assemble a competitive and dynamic squad ahead of its maiden campaign in 2015.

“This is a historic and exciting moment for the City family and the building of New York City Football Club,” said City CEO Ferran Soriano.

“I know David really well; he is one of the best footballers in the world, a true winner and in an outstanding moment of his career. I’m sure New Yorkers will enjoy watching him play for their city.”