The striker scored in New York City’s first official match on Tuesday and later admitted that he does not blame the England international for remaining in the Premier League
David Villa insists that he has no problem with Frank Lampard‘s decision to delay his arrival at New York City.
The former Barcelona striker agreed to join the new Major League Soccer team in June 2014 and scored during the club’s first official match on Tuesday, netting the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over St Mirren in Manchester.
Unlike Villa, Lampard chose to take in a loan spell at Manchester City before linking up with his new team-mates at the end of the season and the Spaniard says that he has no qualms about the former England international’s decision.
“It would have been great if he was here now but obviously for the football club the best thing is for him to stay in Manchester,” Villa told reporters.
“We are only going to be focused on working hard so that, when he joins in July, we can be a team that is really good and he can only improve us.”
Coach Jason Kreis, meanwhile, expects Lampard to be well received by New York’s fans and does not believe that there will be any lingering bad feeling regarding the midfielder sojourn at the Etihad Stadium.
“I think they will receive him well,” he said. “I think at the end of it all, when everybody is calmed down and settled down a little bit, that everybody can forgive and forget.