Gerard Moreno returns to Villarreal for club-record fee

Gerard Moreno returns to Villarreal for club-record fee

June 12, 2018 Off By Adam Storer

Villarreal have completed the signing of Espanyol striker Gerard Moreno on a five-year deal for a reported club record fee.

The 26-year-old Spaniard returns to Estadio de La Cerámica after three seasons in Catalonia.

Marca has stated that Gerard will head back to the Yellow Submarine for €20 million, slightly more than Villarreal spent on signing Karl Toko Ekambi (€18m) from French side Angers last week.

Gerard returns

The Spaniard left the Valencian side three years ago, after failing to nail down a regular starting place, having risen through the ranks from their ‘C’ team.

At the RCDE Stadium, Gerard managed just seven goals in 32 league appearances in his debut season, but has improved with each passing campaign.

The striker netted 13 times in the LaLiga in 2016/17, before adding another 16 last term to finish joint-eighth for the Pichichi award along with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Rodrigo from Valencia.

Striker boost

Although Villarreal finished fifth in LaLiga last season, they were 12 points off rivals Valencia and the Champions League places.

Despite scoring 57 goals, only Carlos Bacca (15) got double figures, with Colombian set to return to AC Milan later this month.

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Before last week, Enes Ünal was the only recognised striker that would be in the squad next season, but the additions of Ekambi and Gerard have boosted their options, as they look to challenge for a top four spot.