David Villa to leave NYCFC, wants to play one more year

David Villa will not come back to NYCFC in 2019 as the Spanish striker looks for one more year with another club. 

David Villa will not come back to NYCFC in 2019 as the Spanish striker will leave the club at the end of the year, he will play one more year with another club. 

The former Spain international and World Cup champion leaves becoming NYCFC’s main focal point, on and off the pitch since joining in June 2014.

He scored 80 goals in 124 appearances for the club.

”I can only say thank you, thank you to everybody,” Villa said Wednesday. ”First, to City Football Group that gave me the opportunity to come here. To NYCFC and MLS for accepting me. To everybody at the club who helped me day by day. Thank you to the people in the offices, the people working with the team and the coaches and staff. Thank you to my teammates – without them it would have been impossible to be successful. Thank you to the people working in the media that always gave me the respect and the love.

”I remember the first day I showed the jersey and the supporters were there. I would have liked to give the supporters the MLS Cup, but I don’t have any doubts that in the next years the club will get it for sure.”

Since scoring NYCFC’s first goal at Yankee Stadium vs. New England, he ended the first season with 18 goals. He improved it to 23 goals in his second, helping the club reach the MLS playoffs for the first time and winning the 2016 MLS MVP award.

Last year, he grabbed 24 goals in all competitions, which also meant a return to Spain’s national team, three years after his original retirement from the international stage. 

Due to injuries, his final season at NYCFC was less eventful, but still led the team in scoring with 15 goals. 

Villa said he intends to continue playing but has not yet decided where that will be.

“David has been an incredible ambassador and Captain to this Club since the moment we signed him. His professionalism and leadership helped us through the challenges that a new team faces when they come into the league,” said sporting director Claudio Reyna. “He’s represented New York City FC tremendously both on and off the pitch and has been a real leader for this football club.

“I truly believe that David will be remembered as one of the best players to ever play in MLS. He will forever be a legend amongst all of our wonderful supporters and everyone here at NYCFC wishes David nothing but the best in the remainder of his career. He will always be a part of NYCFC.” 

On his Designated Player digital platform, Villa confirmed he wants to play another season, but intends to keep it quiet until it’s official. Aside from playing, the 36-year-old plans to build on his social media presence as well as growing his DV7 youth academies. 

Reports suggest he will join compatriots Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta in Japan.