Spanish striker David Villa has joined new MLS side New York City FC who is apparently the club;s first signing.

The 32 year old has enjoyed a splendid season for Atletico Madrid winning the La Liga and finishing runners up in the Champions League will now ply his trade in the United States.

Villa signed a three-year deal with the newly-formed Major League Soccer club, who are also jointly owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees.

The deal was confirmed in Twitter The club tweeted: “Welcome to New York City: David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) officially signs as #NYCFC’s first ever player. #VillatoNYCFC.”

Before joining Atletico last summer, Spain’s record goal scorer spent three hugely successful seasons at Barcelona while he has also represented Valencia, Real Zaragoza and Sporting Gijón in the past.

Villa said to the club;s official website, “Throughout my career I’ve always tried to keep pushing myself to achieve new targets and this represents another important goal for me. I want to try and help MLS continue to grow, through playing, working hard, scoring goals and at the same time try to make New York City FC become the best team in the league.”

“It’s a real honour that the people who have formed the club have focused their attention on me. I’m keen to do the best I can, take on board that extra responsibility and prove my worth by repaying the confidence they have shown in me.”