David Villa called time on his New York City FC adventure on Wednesday, and according to reports in Spain, he’s heading to Japan.
Villa is set to join former Spain and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta at J-League club Vissel Kobe, according to Deportes Cuatro. The Athletic first reported that Villa was heading to Japan. Iniesta has been a revelation since moving to Japan, with a pair of goals in 13 matches so far in 2018, and a terrific display of passing from midfield, setting up his teammates for goal-scoring chances.
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The 36-year-old Villa leaves MLS as one of the best foreign imports in league history. Villa finishes with 80 goals and 26 assists in just 124 games over four seasons, instantly turning NYCFC into a playoff contender. The signing of Villa is a great boost to the Japanese league’s overall reputation, while a big loss for NYCFC. It’s the end of an era in New York, which will now have to replace their star striker this offseason.