Villa rules out Spain return

New York City striker David Villa has ruled out the possibility of returning to La Liga on loan this winter.

The veteran has been linked with a move back to Valencia on loan until MLS restarts next March, but he insists his time in the Spanish top flight “has passed”.

“[On his debut season with NYCFC], I’m disappointed on a sporting level but very happy with the experience of living in the US and playing for a club like New York City and in a League with the potential of MLS,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“My time in La Liga has passed. [On Barcelona], last season, with the treble, was fantastic.

“Our objective was to be in the playoffs, so my [18] goals aren’t important. What was important was the collective and it must be acknowledged that the team didn’t do well enough.”

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