The Spaniard, who it must be said has pretty awesome hair, signed for New York on Monday, leaving Champions League finalists and La Liga winners Atletico Madrid at the end of this season, and because the MLS season won’t start until March 2015, he’ll spend his pre-season playing for Melbourne in what is probably the biggest signing ever for the A-League. 

Both Melbourne City and New York City are owned by EPL side Manchester City (complicated!), and Villa said he was excited about the prospect of playing football in Australia.

“It’s very good for me in every sense,” he said. “From a football point of view it’s the opportunity to play in a new league in a different country, and of course it will be ideal for me to get some competitive football in the period before the MLS season gets under way.

“I’m sure that playing for Melbourne City FC will be a marvellous experience.”

Man City paid $A11.25 million to buy Melbourne City in January.

Villa’s Spain will face Australia in their final World Cup Group B match on June 23. 

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