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David Villa to play on loan in A-League before NYCFC expansion season

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Spain forward and recent NYCFC signing David Villa will play on loan at Melbourne City before his MLS debut.

Prior to joining New York City FC for its expansion MLS season, David Villa will get a taste of the A-League. 

Villa is going to play on loan with Melbourne City -- like NYCFC, also owned by Manchester City -- between October and December as he prepares for his foray into MLS, NYCFC announced. Villa will go up against the likes of a number of players whom he will be trying to defeat this summer, when Spain takes on Australia in Group B play at the World Cup. Villa, 32, has already announced that this World Cup will be his final international involvement with Spain. He helped La Furia Roja to a world title in South Africa in 2010. 

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Considering the MLS season won't begin until March, Villa would have been eyeing a massive layoff after the World Cup had he not secured a loan move in the interim. That the move stays in-house with NYCFC's ownership group adds even more logic to the transaction, as he'll surely be deployed wisely with an eye on the bigger picture. Villa is coming off a season in which he scored 15 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid, the Spanish league champion and Champions League runner-up.

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