Banega earns Spanish citizenship

Ever Banega has received Spanish citizenship today, allowing for Valencia to now field him as a non-foreign player.

The Argentine was reported by his club today as having taken the pledge of allegiance to King and Constitution and is set to receive his new paperwork confirming his Spanish citizenship shortly.

Banega qualified to receive a Spanish passport having passed five years living in Spain. The 24-year-old joined Valencia in January 2008.

“I am very happy to have obtained double nationality, as it is something that I have been waiting a long time for and wanted to have. I am very satisfied,” the Argentine told Valencia’s official website today.

Los Che can now field Banega as an EU national, freeing up a non-EU spot in their squad. Clubs in La Liga are limited to three non-EU players.

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