It looks like David Villa‘s new bosses plan to keep the player busy — and in peak fitness — before the start of the 2015 MLS season. Villa and New York City FC won’t begin their MLS campaign until next March, but the club is already looking ahead for the player. Manchester City, who are part owners of NYCFC, recently acquired Melbourne City, and with the rebrand came the announcement of the 10-match “loan” of Villa. The news is exciting on both ends, but could it possibly be pushing Villa a little too much?
Villa has now joined his Spain teammates in Washington, D.C. where they are training for the last of their World Cup warm-up matches. Spain will face off against El Salvador this Saturday before heading off to Brazil to take on the Netherlands in what will be a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. Villa missed the earlier match against Bolivia, because he was resting after playing in the UEFA Champions League final with Atletico Madrid. Now, with Villa and many others present for Spain, it will face El Salvador in what will be an easy match for Spain.
Spain will go far in the World Cup and should make it to the semifinals in the very least. It’s uncertain how many minutes Villa will play for his team, but he’ll be training hard and taking to the pitch quite often. The World Cup is physically grueling as well as emotionally stressful, regardless of whether a team makes it to the final. A three-month break before starting MLS preseason would be a nice welcome for the striker, but he and his bosses have another thing in mind.
Villa will be joining Melbourne in A-League after the World Cup and before heading back to New York. Melbourne has him slated as a “guest” rather than a loan, but I’m sure he will play his hardest for the sister-team. It is a great idea for Villa to continue playing and keep fit, because NYCFC has yet to announce any other players and Villa would still need to find a club with whom he could train. He is a world-class player but three months of vacation can hinder his progress, and NYCFC needs him at his best if it hope to compete with the other clubs.