A VIP room full of journalists and a teeming Vicente Calderón awaited the unveiling of our new number 9, David Villa. After having passed his medical exactly a week ago, the forward was finally presented as an Atlético player.
As is usual when presenting new players, president Enrique Cerezo delivered a speech highlighting Villa’s trophy-filled career.
“We have grown a lot as a club, but we are still hungry for more trophies, and David Villa will help us with that,” he stated.
Villa then took to the microphone and stated: “I want to thank everyone for the affection you all have given me, it is an honour for me to be here at Atleti. I promise to give everything I have in each training and every match in order to make this club even bigger than it already is.
“I am here to help this winning club, I came to play as a number 9, the position that was left open by Radamel Falcao.”
When asked whether he would negotiate with Adrián López for the number 7, he replied: “I said that I would take one of the remaining open numbers, the number 7 is Adrián’s. If he were to offer it to me, I would have told him no; it is only fair.”
After posing with Cerezo and sporting director José Luis Pérez Caminero, Villa went straight to the pitch to greet the fans.
As soon as he stepped out, the fans made sure to let him know he will be loved at his new club.
The over 20,000 Colchoneros in attendance were making a clamour, and it only got louder as he addressed them.
“I promise you all that I will leave my heart and soul for this crest; and for this jersey,” he stated.
“Who would not want to come? I cannot think of many teams in the world that have won more trophies than Atleti in recent years.”
The fans could not contain their excitement for long, with hundreds taking to the field. Their new star smiled throughout though, and he even stopped to sign a few jerseys.