MLS: Melbourne City loan striker David Villa set to return to New York City
Last Updated: 22/10/14 3:35pm
Melbourne City loan striker David Villa is set to return to New York, according to reports.
It had been expected that Villa would see out 10 matches of the A-League campaign - the limit for players loaned to the Australian A-League.
It has been reported in Australia however, that he has been recalled by New York City to fulfil marketing and commercial requirements for the new MLS side.
New York signed the Spanish forward in the summer on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid. He was the club's first signing and was soon followed by Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Both players were sent on loan to fellow 'City Football Group' clubs, Lampard going to Manchester and Villa to Melbourne.
Villa made his first appearance for Melbourne on the October 11, arriving from the bench against Sydney FC to score an equaliser which secured a draw for City.
The following week he was promoted to the starting XI in a fixture against Newcastle Jets and again scored to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw. Villa is set to feature in two more matches before returning to New York.
Melbourne are not ruling out a return for Villa, though, and a club spokesman was reported as saying: "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 the MLS pre-season training in January.''