Following much speculation surrounding his future, Spain International David Villa has announced his departure from Madrid and swapped La Liga for MLS as he joins new franchise New York City FC.

The recent addition to MLS, New York City have already made a major coup in finalising a deal for Villa, with further rumours suggesting that he will be joined by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard also.

Both players, who have seen their contracts come to an end this summer, have been largely linked with the American outfit, who are connected to English Premier League champions Manchester City.  Further reports have suggested that the pair, should they sign for NYCFC, could feature for City at some point as well.

Regardless though, new comers NYCFC will be feeling invigorated at the capture of such a cultured a capable striker in Villa.  With him named in this summers World Cup squad by Del Bosque, they will be hoping that he can provide them with a strong start as they join the MLS.  And given his experience in Spain, winning La Liga titles with Barcelona before Atletico Madrid this year, there is certainly no reason why he cannot be a big hit in the big apple.

Villa took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to announce the move, accompanied by him holding up his shirt, taking the squad number 7.

Villa said on his Twitter account, "So excited to be the first player in the history of @NYCFC! I'm ready for this new challenge! #VillatoNYCFC"

And, if he is to be joined by the legendary Lampard, he will have a midfielder behind him that is well known for his cutting passes, not to mention his array of goals. Goals, which see him as Chelsea's leading scorer of all time, despite playing from midfield.

Villa will now have his hopes set on success with Spain, having put pen to paper on his move to the States.  Rumours regarding Lampard however, continue to circulate, and NYCFC could find themselves battling several clubs for the experienced England International

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