Video: Spain World Cup forward David Villa bids adieu to Atletico Madrid; Is New York City FC up next?
The David Villa to NYCFC rumors that started last week got a second wind on Sunday.
The Spain World Cup forward formally said goodbye to newly crowned Spanish La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, offering no clues as to where his next "big project" might take him.
"I'm excited for a project that has come up that is so important for me and my family from a sporting aspect, on a personal level and for the future," he said in a video published in Spanish. "I'm excited to get started on another project and take on another challenge."
The 32-year-old, who was reportedly undergoing a medical at Manchester City's facilities in England (Manchester City are part-owners of NYCFC), mentioned how Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and executives at the club wanted him to stay. But he says that his next move "is something I can't refuse for me or my family. It's a very, very, very good project."
No word from New York City FC regarding the Villa reports or the ones revolving around Frank Lampard's potential arrival to the MLS expansion club.
If there's one thing you can deduce, it's that Villa won't be remaining in Spain: He talked about his desire to watch Atletico Madrid continue their success "from far away."
Here's one place we do know he's going: Brazil. Villa was named on Saturday to Spain's 23-man roster as one of four forwards.