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Man City's Yangel Herrera ready to leave NYCFC for move to Europe

Ezequiel Barco came off the bench to make his MLS debut, and David Villa scored career goal No. 399 as Atlanta and NYCFC split the points.

New York City FC's on-loan midfielder Yangel Herrera has said he is "ready for Europe," suggesting he could soon leave MLS.

The Venezuela international joined NYCFC from its affiliate Manchester City in February 2017 on a loan that reportedly runs until December.

Man City rejected overtures from Lyon for Herrera last summer, but the 20-year-old said he's eager to make a move.

"I am ready for Europe. I feel good and I would really like to make the jump," he said in a Venezuela television interview, according to AS.

Herrera said he had no particular country in mind, though he said last November that he did not yet have a work permit that would allow him to play in England.

Yangel Herrera says he's ready to test himself in Europe.

Despite setting his sights on a move, Herrera, who has started all seven of NYCFC's games this season, also hailed the level of play he has experience in MLS. 

"It is a very tough league, very tactical and technical. And the league is growing," he said. "I have struggled to adapt but now I am playing better."

Herrera also credited NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira with helping him adapt to MLS after playing for Atletico Venezuela.

"In addition to having been a great player, he is a good coach and a good person," Herrera said. "He has helped me a lot since I got here."

On the Venezuela national team, Herrera's role is closer to a defensive midfielder, but he has played more at central midfield in NYCFC and said he enjoys the chance to be involved in the attack.

"Here, I have more of a chance to play offense. With the national team, I have more of a defensive role," he said. "But to me the job is similar because I can play both well."

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