Spain legend compares Tottenham-bound Yedlin to former Barcelona teammate

David Villa has been busy familiarising himself with MLS ahead of his move to New York City FC, and Tottenham Hotspur-bound DeAndre Yedlin is one of the players who has caught his eye.

Former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa has compared soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin to his former club teammate Dani Alves.

Villa was speaking at the recent co-launch event for the new MLS logo and FIFA 15, having left Atletico Madrid this summer to join Manchester City-backed expansion side New York City FC, who are set for their inaugural season in 2015.

Currently on loan at fellow sister club Melbourne City FC, in the meantime, the 32-year-old has been using his stint in the Australian A-League to familiarising himself with the American domestic game, and has been most impressed with the Seattle Sounders and their promising US international Yedlin.

‘I’ve seen many matches,’ he said at the #MLSNext event. ‘Looking at the standings, I think this year Seattle are above the rest by a lot not only in points, but also in their play.

‘I like the player Yedlin. People noticed him at the World Cup, and he reminds me a bit of my former Barcelona teammate, Dani Alves.

‘He’s very quick and good going forward, but also strong in defence. It’s a shame he won’t be staying but I think he will do well in Europe.’

One of the top-rated talents in MLS, Yedlin’s career has seen a meteoric rise over the past 18 months, going from the college level to a two-time All-Star and World Cup standout after just one full professional season, before sealing a £2.5 million move to Tottenham this summer.

Having returned to the Sounders for the time being, it remains to be seen whether he will head over to White Hart Lane in either the winter or next summer, but the Seattle-native's immediate goal will be helping to guide his hometown side to their first-ever MLS Cup, with the team leading the regular-season standings at present.

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