New York City FC have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid and Spain striker David Villa.
The MLS franchise – co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees – have released a statement in which the they welcomed La Roja’s all-time leading scorer to the club for the 2015 season.
“This is a historic and exciting moment for the City family and the building of New York City Football Club,” chief executive Ferran Soriano, formerly of Barcelona said in a statement on the club’s official website.
“I know David really well; he is one of the best footballers in the world, a true winner and in an outstanding moment of his career. I’m sure New Yorkers will enjoy watching him play for their city.”
Villa is the club’s first signing and will wear the No. 7 shirt. The ex-Valencia striker also spoke of his excitement at the move.
“Throughout my career I've always tried to keep pushing myself to achieve new targets and this represents another important goal for me,” the World Cup winner added.
“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 the League.
“It's a real honour that the people who have formed the club have focused their attention on me.
“I'm keen to do the best I can, take on board that extra responsibility and prove my worth by repaying the confidence they have shown in me.”
Villa said goodbye to Atletico in a video message over the weekend when it was announced he was leaving the champions.