Valero set for Villarreal deal – WBA
Valero joined the Baggies two years ago from Real Mallorca but
struggled to adapt to the Premier League and spent last season back
on loan at his former club. The 25-year-old has made it clear he
wants to return to Spain on a permanent basis. A West Brom club
statement read: “Valero has been given permission to travel to the
Spanish club for a medical and to train with them while discussions
continue. “He rejoined West Brom for pre-season training last
weekend following a season-long loan in La Liga with Real Mallorca.
“But after returning to Albion, he has expressed a strong desire to
continue his career in Spain for professional and family reasons.
“Albion rejected an offer from Sevilla for Valero last month but
agreed to meet Villarreal yesterday for talks on a possible deal.
This dialogue is ongoing.” According to Villarreal, Valero has
agreed a five-year deal at El Madrigal. A statement on the
Villarreal website read: “Barring a few minor details, Villarreal
CF and West Bromwich Albion have come to an agreement for the
transfer of footballer Borja Valero, who will belong to the Yellow
Submarine club for the next five seasons. “After the signing of the
contract and the medical tests, the club will make official the
date of the presentation of the footballer.” Valero progressed
through the ranks at Real Madrid before moving to Mallorca in 2007.
The midfielder spent just a season with the islanders before West
Brom snapped him up for a club record £4.7million. Valero
signed a four-year contract with the option of a further year but
was loaned back to Mallorca after just one season at The Hawthorns.
The 25-year-old impressed on his return to Spain, winning the
prestigious Don Balon award for the best Spanish player.