David Villa has today gone into detail today on his motivation to move to MLS and it's newest franchise, New York City FC.
Speaking via an interpreter the former Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker explained that it was the chance to build a legacy, and help a team find it's identity, that led to him to opt for a move to the United States rather than find another club in Europe:
"I've done a lot in Europe already, a very good career; an opportunity to start from zero, to start over again is something I thought was exciting," Villa told reporters just meters away from his new home arena, Yankee Stadium.
"The thing that attracted me to the project was being one of the first players, being part of a founding team from the beginning.
"That was what drew me here," said the former Spain international.
Blazing a trail
David Villa certainly got his wish when he signed on the dotted line for NYCFC back in June. At the time of the deal's completion the Spaniard was the MLS franchise's only registered player.
New York City will not make their debut in MLS until March 2015, but with the date edging ever closer the franchise's hierarchy have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure Villa is joined by enough new signings to create a competitive roster.
And they haven't done too badly so far with General Manager Claudio Reyna acquiring MLS veterans such as Jeb Brovsky, Josh Saunders, and Andrew Jacobson as well as the marquee addition of Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer Frank Lampard.
Doing his homework
US fans will have to wait a while to see the league's latest star additions playing in competitive games but Villa admitted this week that he is doing everything it takes to be ready for when the big kick-off finally arrives.
Speaking on his impending loan move to Melbourne City in Australia, the former Barcelona man was adamant the opportunity would allow him to remain physically healthy and game ready.
And, judging by his confident stance, it certainly looks like New York City FC fans can expect a man willing to give his all for the team come March 2015:
"I want to leave a winning legacy," Villa explained.
"One of hard work and dedication so people remember the name David Villa."
New York City ambition
New York City FC, who are jointly owned by English Premier League champions Manchester City and MLB powerhouse the New York Yankees, are planning on hitting the ground running in 2015.
Playing at Yankee Stadium they are hoping to attract a swell of new fans and with the likes of David Villa (a man who scored 59 goals in 97 games for Spain) and Frank Lampard (an internationally respected midfielder) on display it would be foolish to bet against them achieving success both on and off the field in the coming years.