Report: David Villa in Manchester for physical before NYCFC move; may lead to Melbourne loan


The Manchester Evening News has offered concrete evidence supporting a connection between legendary Spanish striker David Villa and a potential move to New York City F.C.

‘El Guaje’ was spotted by an M.E.N. photographer at the Bridgewater Hospital in Moss Side. City officials declined comment on the visit but M.E.N. sources say the Spanish striker is there to complete a medical ahead of a move to NYCFC.

That news was only the tip of the iceberg

Contrary to recent chatter, the Evening News also reports Villa will not train with City nor feature with the Premier League side ahead of his move to MLS. That tidbit dovetails nicely with a report from Goal Australia claiming Villa will instead take up a short-term ‘guest player’ slot with another City satellite club; Melbourne Hearts. This would enable the celebrated striker to keep match-fit until his eventual debut with NYCFC in March of 2015.

Just last month, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak teased a major signing in the coming months for the fledgling MLS side.

“Very soon you will be hearing about our first signing for our club in New York and it will be a very pleasant surprise I hope for our fans,” he said. “This will be another story of organic development. This is a club that is in a wonderful city, with a great fanbase.”

The acquisition of Villa would certainly fit that bill.

  • LOL

    Marcos Senna >>>>> David Villa

    • Rufus T firefly

      Senna? Isn’t that the guy who signed and had no idea he was coming to play Div 2 soccer in the US? Maybe the cosmos can sign Pele to a deal. They have to do something to get people in the stadium.

  • Nothing says sister club like taking you Physical at the Motherships Headquarters. Wouldn’t a great PR move be to have him take it in NY with some press around ? Another Fail if u ask me !

    • Rufus T firefly

      You guys better hurry up and sign Pele. He isn’t getting any younger and the cardboard cosmos are becoming more irrelevant with each and every passing day. Talk about fail? Look no further than those handful of burro boys sitting in an empty lacrosse stadium. sucks to be you punki.

      • 32 & 35 year old on a baseball field, after playing in Australia they will change their minds & stay with Melbourne.

  • It’s “Melbourne Heart” not “Hearts” just FYI