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Manuel Iturra appreciates chance to play for Villarreal

Manuel Iturra appreciates chance to play for Villarreal

Manuel Iturra, who joined Villarreal earlier this week on a free transfer – has said he appreciates the chance to play for the club.

Iturra left Malaga following the Andalucian side’s relegation to La Liga 123 at the end of last season and has been without a club ever since, but the Yellow Submarine have offered him a one year deal.

He will sit his medical on Tuesday morning before signing the contract later on in the afternoon and he has been speaking about the move.

“I appreciate the chance to play at a club like Villarreal, it is a privilege and a huge challenge to be at the height of what the club demands,” he told reporters.

“I was looking at other options, but the club came in and I could not believe it.”

Manager Javier Calleja has called for the signing after the injury of Santiago Caseres against Girona on Friday night left Villarreal’s midfield desperately short of numbers with Bruno Soriano and Javi Fuego still recovering from long term injuries.

The Chilean midfielder has played a total of 115 games in the Spanish top flight with Malaga, Granada and Rayo Vallecano and also spent time in Italy with Udinese and Mexico with Necaxa.

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Bruno Soriano set for comeback

The midfielder has been a long term injury, getting injured back in 2017 against Valencia, but he is now closing in on a return to full fitness.

Bruno trained for 20 minutes with the rest of his team-mates on Thursday morning and Calleja is said to be buoyed by the fact, the former club captain, could return.

Friday night’s loss at home to Girona was Villarreal’s second home defeat of the season, having lost to Real Sociedad on the opening day and they currently sit in the relegation zone as one of five teams still waiting on their first league victory of the season.

Despite playing well they went down 1-0 to a Cristhian Stuani goal nine minutes into the second half but they’ll have to wait until the 15th of September to have the chance to get their first win when they travel to the capital to face Leganes.