Villarreal president Fernando Roig has thanked former boss Javier Calleja and added he would remain ‘loved by everyone’ at the club.
Calleja spent 13 years at the club across roles as a player, youth coach and Coach of the first-team, and has been replaced by Luis Garcia Plaza.
“Javi is someone who is loved by everyone, he gave everything to this club,” Roig told Villarreal club media.
“Both in his time as a Coach and as a player, he was exemplary, and we send him our heartfelt thanks.
“Luis Garcia Plaza is a great Coach, he has already been part of this club and he knows Spanish football very well.
“He is excited to be here and we are excited to have him, we are sure he will do a great job.”