NEW YORK: Spanish forward David Villa has partnered with global education company Kaplan as he looks to master English ahead of his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut with New York City.

A subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, Kaplan provides transnational English-language teaching to students from more than 150 nationalities in 44 schools around the world.

The striker, who is Spain’s all-time leading goal scorer, is working closely with one of their New York-based teachers and attends classes at their Empire State Building school when his training schedule permits.

His English-language journey began with Kaplan in Australia during a brief loan spell in October with Melbourne City FC who, like New York City, are controlled by Manchester City owners City Football Group.

“It is very important, both for my work and on a daily basis, to be able to communicate in English with other people from other cultures,” said Villa.

“For my future here in America, it is very important that I can find my way around in this language.”

While overseas players’ commitment to learning a new language varies greatly, Villa so far has a glowing report card. “David’s commitment to his studies has impressed both his teachers and his fellow students,” said a Kaplan teacher.

Villa, who has World Cup and Champions League winners medals to his name, along with three Spanish Liga titles, became New York City’s first ever player when he signed for the new franchise in June.

The club will embark on its inaugural MLS campaign on 8th March away at Orlando City.


SoccerexPro Daily
Monday 16th February 2015
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