David Villa officially signs for New York City FC

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Major League Soccer's newest franchise, New York City FC, have today unveiled their first signing, Spanish striker David Villa.

The US team, who will begin playing in the league in January 2015, confirmed the deal to bring in the former Barcelona and Athletico Madrid forward via Twitter Monday:

"Welcome to New York City: David Villa...officially signs as #NYCFC's first ever player. #VillatoNYCFC," read the statement.

Villa has signed a three year deal with NYC FC and becomes the team's first designated player.

The US franchise are jointly owned by English Premier League side Manchester City and MLB powerhouse the New York Yankees, and Villa spoke to the former's official website to discuss the move:

"It's a real honor that the people who have formed the club have focused their attention on me. I'm really keen to do the best I can," said the 32-year-old.

"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 MLS."

Villa makes the move having had a successful final season in Europe, winning La Liga with Athletico Madrid whilst coming close to upsetting city rivals Real in the Champions League Final.

The Spaniard is also set to star for Spain at this summer's World Cup in Brazil and his new head coach, Jason Kreis, is delighted to have been able to bring in a player who is still playing at the top of world soccer:

"David Villa is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished soccer players and best strikers in the world," Kreis told

"I couldn't be happier that we have acquired such an amazing talent as our first ever signing. David will be a shining example of what it will mean to be a New York City player and a leader for us on and off the field."

Villa has been handed the number seven shirt for New York City FC and fans of the MLS team will be hoping he is the first of a number of high profile signings with England international Frank Lampard rumored to be next  on the shortlist.

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