Villarreal confirm €14m Semedo deal

Villarreal have confirmed the signing of defender Ruben Semedo from Sporting Lisbon for a reported fee of €14m.

The 23-year-old revealed he rejected a move to an English club, thought to be Newcastle United, because he preferred Villarreal’s ‘style of play’ while the Portuguese giants included a 20% sell-on clause in the deal.

“I chose Villarreal because I like their style of play,” Semedo stated at his unveiling.

“The team has a lot of quality and I think can help the team with my quality.

“I had other clubs interested in me, good clubs from England.

“But when I heard the name Villarreal I decided to come here.

“I’m excited to play in La Liga, to win titles for Villarreal, help the team and have a good season.”

Semedo is the Yellow Submarine’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of striker Enal Unes from Manchester City and the Portuguese will replace Milan-bound Mateo Mussachio.

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