Gone after just a month?
Melbourne City have confirmed Spanish striker David Villa will leave Australia after the fourth round of the A-League, with his return date in doubt.
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In what is an embarrassing look for the A-League, Villa will not stay for his intended 10-match stint and will head back to New York to fulfil marketing and commercial obligations, as well as helping his family settle into life in the USA.
“We would obviously want a player of his calibre to represent the club in as many games of the guest allowance as possible between now and the commencement of MLS pre-season training in January,” City said in a statement published by the Herald Sun.
“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 prioritisation of the requirements of both New York City FC and Melbourne City FC.
“That means that his playing and training schedule will be the product of all of those factors and subject to ongoing assessment.”
Whether Villa will return to the A-League at a later date is unconfirmed at this stage.