Spanish star David Villa shocked European football yesterday with the news that he could be set to leave La Liga champions Atletico Madrid and pursue a new start in America with New York City FC. The striker has reportedly turned down a new contract at Atleti to join the Major League Soccer expansion side that is owned jointly by Manchester City and the New York Yankees major league baseball team.
With NYCFC not actually competing in MLS yet - they will join at the start of next season - Villa has six months spare after the World Cup with nothing to fill it. And rather just take an extended holiday, the 32-year old looks set to join up with Premier League champions City and train with them before eventually moving to New York at the start of next year before the start of the season and linking up with his new teammates according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
In 2013/14, David Villa won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid, just missed out on a Champions League winners medal against arch-rivals Real Madrid, and is set to be in the Spain squad that will look to defend the World Cup title in Brazil. Which is why his move away from Madrid comes as much as a shock as it does.
With the link between City and NYCFC it's not out of the realms of possibility that this could turn into a short term loan move or something of the sort. Villa is already technically on the City payroll in one way or another so if Manuel Pellegrini suddenly finds himself a little light up top or his squad is suffering from injuries, there could be a situation in where the Spaniard ends up in Sky Blue at the Etihad.