With David Villa scheduled to return to the United States in early November to fulfill promotional and commercial obligations for New York City FC, he could see his loan to Australia’s Melbourne City ended prematurely.
Melbourne City told Reuters that Villa is indeed returning to the United States, but they hope he can come back to Australia to finish out his loan once his obligations are met and he settles his family into their new situation in America.
“We would obviously want a player of his caliber to represent the club in as many games of the guest allowance as possible between now and the commencement of MLS preseason training in January,” a club spokesman said to Reuters.
The date set for his departure from Melbourne means he would have completed just four matches with Melbourne City, although the club will have him available for this weekend’s derby match against Melbourne Victory.
Per A-League rules, Villa is signed as what is known as a “guest player” meaning he has a cap of 10 matches that he can appear in during the season. The 32-year-old has scored two goals in two matches so far, with both serving as equalizers in 1-1 draws thus far. He played his first full 90 minutes with the team in Sunday’s draw against A-League side Newcastle Jets.
“The precise number of A-League games that David will play will be determined by the best interests of the player and his now New York-based family and the prioritization of the requirements of both New York City FC and Melbourne City FC,” said the club spokesman. “That means that his playing and training schedule will be the product of all of those factors and subject to ongoing assessment.”
NYCFC has not commented on the situation as of yet, and therefore we know nothing about if Frank Lampard will have to do the same during his loan time at Manchester City.