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David Villa posts emotional farewell to city of New York, NYCFC, fans ahead of his move to Japan

David Villa announces he is ready for another challenge as he bids farewell to New York City FC.
Steve Nicol reflects on the impact David Villa has had on Major League Soccer after announcing his departure from NYCFC after four seasons.

Superstar striker David Villa made quite an impact in New York and on MLS when he signed for New York City FC in June 2014, becoming one of the most high-profile European stars to ever take his footballing talents to the United States.

Recently, after four fantastic seasons, including an MVP-winning campaign in 2016, Villa announced he would be leaving the league and the United States to begin the next step of his playing career.

Villa will soon be joining friend Andres Iniesta in Japan with Vissel...

David Villa to join Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe after leaving New York City FC

Steve Nicol reflects on the impact David Villa has had on Major League Soccer after announcing his departure from NYCFC after four seasons.
David Villa announces he is ready for another challenge as he bids farewell to New York City FC.

David Villa has revealed that he will be joining up with former Spain teammate Andres Iniesta in Japan at Vissel Kobe, after leaving New York City FC.

Villa, 36, departs MLS after scoring 80 goals in 124  appearances for NYCFC. He paid tribute to everyone associated with the franchise, as well as to the team's fans in a video on YouTube last week as he said his goodbyes.

Vissel Kobe chairman Hiroshi Mikitani said: "We are pursuing a new style of play and after talking with the...

New York City FC striker David Villa leaving club after four seasons with no plans to retire

Steve Nicol reflects on the impact David Villa has had on Major League Soccer after announcing his departure from NYCFC after four seasons.
David Villa announces he is ready for another challenge as he bids farewell to New York City FC.
David Villa, one of the biggest stars in Major League Soccer, is leaving New York City FC.

The Spanish star and World Cup winner spent four seasons with the club as its first captain. He plans to continue playing, but has not said where.

Villa departs after scoring 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances for NYCFC. He paid tribute to virtually everyone associated with the franchise, as well as to the team's fans in a video on YouTube.

"I can only say thank you, thank you to everybody," Villa said on Wednesday....

NYCFC, David Villa yet to make decision on future plans - sources

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored twice, including the late winner, to lead NYCFC past 10-man Toronto FC, which lost Jozy Altidore to a red card.

No decision has been made yet regarding the future of New York City FC captain David Villa, sources told ESPN, though there has been a certain level of frustration during the Spaniard's six-week knee injury layoff.

Reports in Spain on Friday suggested that Villa was thinking about retirement at the end of the season, and that the MLS club would not be renewing his contract.

But sources said both the club and Villa consider all options on the table. A decision will likely be made at the end...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Villa withdraw from MLS All-Star Game against Juventus

Ale Moreno reports from Atlanta and, together with the FC crew, rationalizes Zlatan Ibrahimovic's decision to pull out of the MLS All-Star game.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells ESPN's Sebastian Salazar why LA Galaxy should have gone on to win at LAFC after coming back from 2-0 down to earn a draw.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins Pardon the Interruption to talk through his experience with the LA Galaxy and how his playing style compares to LeBron James.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa will not play in the MLS All-Star Game against Juventus on Wednesday.

LA Galaxy's Ibrahimovic pulled out citing fatigue, while Villa will not be able to recover from an injury in time to play in Atlanta. As a result, both players will be required to miss their next games for their clubs, under MLS rules.

Tyler Adams of the New York Red Bulls and Minnesota United's Darwin Quintero will replace them on the All-Star squad.

The Galaxy said Ibrahimovic will miss...

Luis Enrique expected to lead Spain to Euro 2020 glory - David Villa

NYCFC and former Spain striker David Villa discusses Spain's early World Cup exit, the expectations for La Roja under Luis Enrique and more.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti assesses Spain's decision to appoint Luis Enrique and the challenges he may face as an international manager.

Former World Cup winner and European champion David Villa says that new Spain manager Luis Enrique will be expected to win at Euro 2020 and beyond.

Luis Enrique was appointed two weeks ago, after La Roja fell to their second consecutive early exit from a World Cup, being defeated by the hosts at the round-of-16 stage of Russia 2018. He last managed for Barcelona, the club he walked away from in May 2017 and subsequently took a year-long sabbatical.

And now New York City FC forward Villa says that...