David Villa has spoken of his excitement at the prospect of playing in MLS after the Spain striker completed a switch to New York City FC.
Villa appeared at a Press conference prior to La Roja’s final World Cup warm-up game against El Salvador, to be played on Saturday at DC United’s FedEx Field, and AS has reported the comments of the former Atletico Madrid man.
“I’m happy to have the opportunity to play in the United States,” Villa said. “I’m excited to bring my football to this part of the world and I hope to meet expectations.”
DC United will play Columbus Crew at the same stadium after Spain’s match against the Central Americans.
Villa added that he doesn’t know if he will play from the start against El Salvador but vowed that Spain would treat the fixture as seriously as any other.
“It’s a question for the Coach. We’ve worked in these weeks to start but we will find out,” Villa said.
“Seriousness is always there, whoever the opponent or players. We’ll approach the game as if it was the first of the World Cup.”
Injuries are an ever-present concern prior to the tournament and Villa admitted that the World Cup comes at the end of a gruelling season, but it is the same for everyone, he argued.
“I think all the players here have had a similar schedule, loaded with games,” he said.
“When you come here at the end of the calendar it often happens that you get injuries.
“But that’s why we have this mini pre-season. Hopefully in our case we don’t have to make changes.”