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New Melbourne City Signing Talks Up A-League Hopes After Stints With Barcelona And Atletico Madrid

Villa says he hopes to replicate his best form whilst playing in the A-League.

Former Spain forward David Villa will arrive in Australia next week ahead of the new A-League season, and will be available for Melbourne City’s opening weekend clash with Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

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Villa will play a three-month stint at the Manchester City-owned club, before linking up with New York City FC in the MLS in January.

The 32-year-old told the Melbourne City’s official website that he wasn’t in Australia for a holiday.

“The overall goal is to help the team perform well while I am there, support the Melbourne City FC team, build relationships, enjoy the style of football the league has to offer and, obviously, I want to do my job well and help Melbourne City to win as many games as possible,” Villa said.

“From what I have heard, my arrival has generated a lot of high expectations for the club and I hope that I can meet them — and that I can help the players, the coach and the entire team to perform well this season.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to play at my best level in order to help the team.”

Villa will join arrive in Melbourne on Tuesday and joins a side boasting the likes of former Chelsea man Damien Duff and Slovenia international Robert Koren, formerly of Hull City.

Melbourne City begins its A-League campaign away to Sydney FC on October 11.

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