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Claudio Reyna hails "perfect" David Villa after NYCFC arrival

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New York City sporting director Claudio Reyna has expressed his excitement at the capture of David Villa, and described the Spain forward as "a perfect first signing".

Villa officially joined the new franchise on Monday after leaving La Liga champions Atletico Madrid after spending one season with the club.

He will appear for his country at this summer's World Cup in Brazil and link up with City when they join Major League Soccer in March next year.

Speaking to reporters, Reyna enthused:

"We’re incredibly excited to be where we are today, and we truly believe there’s no player more fitting to be a New York City FC player and a perfect first signing for our club.

"David ticked off all the boxes – he scores goals, create goals, he leads the line up front and he’s a leader. Where he’s at in his career, playing at the highest level, for us it was an easy fit."

The former United States international confirmed that the 32-year-old will go out on loan before the MLS season starts, but City Football Group partners Manchester City would necessarily be the beneficiaries.

"He will be playing some games, but we can’t reveal where just yet."

After securing his move to New York, Spain's record goalscorer told the club's official website about the reasons behind his decision to move away from European football.

"I want to try and help MLS continue to grow, through playing, working hard and scoring goals, and at the same time try and make New York City the best team in Major League Soccer."

Villa added:

"Let's hope we gain lots of new season ticket holders and lots of people who want to support the team and enjoy the football played by City and David Villa."

He also described his pride at becoming City's first ever signing.

"It's an honour to be the first player and a flag-bearer of New York City as they begin life in the MLS."

The forward joins New York's new franchise after spending his entire career to date in his native country with Sporting Gijon, Real Zaragoze, Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico, netting 272 times in 557 matches, winning every honour in Spanish football.

His record haul of 56 goals in 91 games has played a key role as Spain have won back-to-back European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, granting Villa legendary status.

'El Guaje' is expected to be the first of many high-profile signings at the Yankee Stadium this summer, with reports linking City to the Spaniard's international teammate Xavi, and out-of-contract Premier League pair Frank Lampard and Shola Ameobi.

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