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Villa’s loan to Melbourne City cut short due to commercial obligations

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By RYAN TOLMICH

David Villa’s loan spell in Australia could be over just four games into the season.

The New York City FC Designated Player, who is currently on-loan with sister club Melbourne City, is set to return to the U.S. in November in order to fulfill marketing and commercial commitments for the MLS club. Villa’s return would come just four matches into the 2014/2015 A-League season, although Melbourne City is hoping Villa could return to Australia after fulfilling his obligations to NYC FC.

“We would obviously want a player of his caliber to represent the club in as many games of the guest allowance as possible between now and the commencement of MLS preseason training in January,” a Melbourne City spokesman told Reuters.

“The precise number of A-League games that David will play will be determined by the best interests of the player and his now New York-based family and the prioritization of the requirements of both New York City FC and Melbourne City FC. That means that his playing and training schedule will be the product of all of those factors and subject to ongoing assessment.”

NYC FC have not yet released a comment on the situation.

The announcement of Villa’s return comes just days after fellow marquee signing, Frank Lampard, was stretchered off in Manchester City’s 4-1 victory over Tottenham last Saturday. It’s unclear whether Lampard would also have to leave Man City this fall to fulfill any marketing or commercial obligations.

Villa has scored two equalizing goals in as many games thus far for Melbourne City, who take on Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United in the next two weeks. Villa is signed as a “guest player” for Melbourne City, and cannot play in more than 10 matches.

What do you think of this development? Surprised that Villa would have to leave so soon? Do you expect to see him return to Melbourne City before the MLS season?

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