On the latest edition of Sports Illustrated’s Planet Fútbol Podcast with Grant Wahl, New York City FC’s superman revealed that he has initiated talks to extend his contract with the club.
David Villa’s current deal goes through the end of 2017.
“I am comfortable here. The club, I think, is comfortable with me,” he said. “If I am good, I’ll keep playing here. Why not? We’re talking about [it] with the club.”
Today’s news comes on the heels of a report from our friends at NYCFC Nation that Villa has been courting former Barcelona and Spain teammate Andres Iniesta, whose deal at the Nou Camp expires in 2018.
The 34 year old Villa’s durability has been notable during his tenure with NYCFC. He’s missed just five regular season games out of a possible 67, and only sat out one MLS contest this year. His 2,809 league minutes lead all New York City outfield players in 2016.
As elder designated players Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo wind down their careers — each is due to be out of contract after this season wraps — the New York City front office appears to be gearing up for a future in which its first and only captain remains literally and figuratively front-and-center.
But what about this year? As Wahl asked Villa, does this NYCFC team have the stuff to win it all?
“Yeah, why not?” the captain instantly replied.
(H/T @ale_bomaye via Twitter)