Atletico Madirid striker David Villa has confirmed that he will leave the La Liga champions and amid reports that he will head to MLS side New York City FC.
Rumours are rife that the 32-year-old would be joining Manchester City’s U.S franchise after the Spanish international was spotted in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hospital on Saturday, where he was undergoing a medical.
Villa spoke to the Atletico Madrid website and confirmed his exit from the club. He said :
“It is an irresistible project for me and my family, it is very, very good. It is about football and I have to accept it.
I will be a fan of Atletico all my life for what they have given me this year.
It has been a great project for me both personally as well as sporting and now I face a new challenge which is what I have always looked to do in my career and my life.
I would like to thank the people at Atletico and those that tried to convince me to stay, like Cholo (coach Diego Simeone) and the rest of the coaching staff.”
Villa who has been selected for the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, scored 17 goals in 40 appearances for Madrid last season and will become the MLS’ most high profile capture.
There have also been strong rumours today that Villa could be joined be Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard who is out of contract this summer.
Lampard was tipped to move to LA Galaxy last summer before he agreed a 12 month contract extension at Stamford Bridge. However, it now looks likely that Lampard will agree his move to the MLS after completing International duty with England at the World Cup.