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David Villa isn’t going anywhere

The New York City FC superstar was interviewed by Marca and discussed Andrea Pirlo’s retirement and MLS.

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David Villa spoke with the Spanish daily, Marca, giving some insight into his life in the United States and with New York City FC, as well as his perspective of watching Andrea Pirlo retire from the sport.

Of note from the interview:

  • When asked how many old teammates had inquired about MLS he said that quite a few had. “The MLS is growing a lot and is having more and more global impact. Many have called me and are interested in what's going on here,” Villa told Marca.
  • The 35-year-old also discussed the effect of watching Pirlo retire. “I have to train harder every day if I want to continue extending my career. Someday I will leave, as will everyone, it's a fact of life. But I'm going to fight to make it as late as possible.”
  • Perhaps most importantly, Villa chimed in on his move stateside and whether or not Europe is still calling, stating that “I'm very happy to know that people remember me but at the moment I'm very happy here and I'm not considering a return to Europe.” He added, “every day I am more convinced that it was the right decision (to come to America).”

You can check out the entirety of Marca’s interview here.