Yesterday saw Spanish international and record goalscorer David Villa spotted at Manchester City's training facilities - as rumours of an impending move to New York City FC gathered pace. The City and New York Yankees owned club join MLS in 2015, and Villa is set to be one of two designated players.
And now the player himself has confirmed he is leaving Atletico Madrid. In a video message addressed to the Los Colchoneros fans Villa admitted he was sad to be leaving a club he loves, but that New York represented an 'irresistible offer' for him and his family.
He went on:
"I'm encouraged by this new project is a new opportunity for my life and my career. I thank the clubs, the society and the technical Diego Simeone, but this opportunity is a must for me. Enjoyed a fantastic year and I am forever a fan of Atletico. "
So NYC FC have pulled off one of America soccer's most incredible transfers in the form of Villa, now they look set to beat that.
Frank Lampard was also at City yesterday as he was reportedly told Chelsea no longer had a desire for his services. He too is expected to join the Big Apple side, and fans are now just awaiting confirmation on that after Villa's morning interview.