David Villa Talks Up Possible Move Back To Europe On Loan
David Villa played up his chances of returning to Europe on loan in January — and then played them down again.
With the MLS campaign drawing to a close and it now impossible for New York City to finish in a play-off spot, the former Barcelona and Valencia striker has been linked with a return to several La Liga sides.
Speaking to El Murcielago on Levante TV, Villa admitted a short-term return to Spain before the start of the new American season next March could be an option.
“Since it became mathematically impossible to make the play-offs, there have been calls from all over the place,” Villa said.
“Well, not calling directly, but the hypothetical case of a loan move has been made.
“I mean, the truth is that there are a lot of rumours coming from everywhere, but there is nothing concrete.”
However, the 33-year-old quickly backtracked on his comments, suggesting maybe it wouldn’t go down too well with New York if he did head out for a few months.
“I’ve not even analysed the idea of going on loan, though, because I don’t know if it’s a real possibility,” he added.
“Right now, I want to finish the season well. I don’t know if it would be the best decision for the club, who want me to rest and be ready to return on January 21.”
MLS players leaving for brief loan spells in Europe is not uncommon, with both David Beckham and Landon Donovan among the players to spend their off-seasons with some of the continent’s biggest clubs.
Villa has scored 17 goals in 28 appearances during his debut MLS season.