Villa Announces Retirement After World Cup
Former Barcelona and Valencia striker David Villa has revealed that he will retire from international duty after the World Cup 2014. The 32-year-old is the record goalscorer for the Spanish national team. He is part of the squad that has been announced by Vicente del Bosque for the upcoming tournament. However, he is set to leave European football and move to New York City FC in the summer. A deal to take him to the MLS has already been announced as the new franchise did not have any troubles in negotiating the contract.
Their part owned by Premier league outfit Manchester city, who have vast wealth at their disposal. Villa will be the marquee signing for the summer and he is set to be partnered with Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as well. The former Valencia frontman was available on a free transfer after leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of last season. His contract was not renewed due to the financial difficulties at the club, but he did help them win the league title in his final season at the club. Villa has announced that he is likely to retire from the Spanish national team after this World Cup.
He has been a major reason towards the European championship and World Cup success in recent years. “I spoke with del Bosque and he understands my decision,” said the striker. He has 58 goals to his name and this helped him move above Real Madrid legend Raul has the leading goal scorer for the national team. Following the decision to include Diego Costa into the team, Spain appear to have found a replacement for Villa. The former Valencia striker is expected to play only a bit part role at the World Cup with Costa leading the line and Torres to support him.