Villarreal have unveiled new signing Vicente Iborra, who has signed for an undiclosed transfer fee from Leicester City.
The 30-year-old Spaniard moved to England to join Leicester in July 2017 on the back of winning three Europa League titles with Andalusian club Sevilla.
His impressions have not been felt in the Premier League however, gaining minimal playing time this season under Claude Puel, despite making 37 appearances in his first season at the club.
Having cited family reasons for his desire to make the return to Spain over the winter period, the English club agreed to allow the midfielder a return and he now agreed a move to the Estadio de la Ceramica with Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarine have struggled this season thus far, but the sacking of Javi Calleja just before Spain’s winter break has seen a fresh approach come to the side through Luis Garcia and they believe Iborra’s arrival will push that even further.
Iborra posted a farewell message to the Midlands based club on his social media channels and also included a fitting tribute to late Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a tragfic helicopter crash at the King Power in October.
“We feel that it’s time to come back home,” he said. “I’ve felt privileged for wearing this jersey and playing beside these great supporters. You made me feel one of yours, thanks from my heart for your unconditional support.”