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Ruben Semedo signs for Villarreal from Sporting Lisbon on five-year deal

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Villarreal yesterday confirmed the signing of Ruben Semedo for a reported fee of €14million.

Ruben Semedo had been heavily linked with Premier League sides sides Newcastle United and Southampton in recent weeks but both the Magpies and the Saints failed to secure the services of the highly rated 23 year old centre-back Ruben.

Newcastle were the firm favourites to sign the Portuguese U-21 centre back, but Sporting’s demand related to a sell-on clause frustrated them and Villarreal were quick to rope in the services of Ruben.

Southampton were also looking to sign Ruben Semedo as they are looking for a suitable replacement for outgoing Virgil van Dijk.

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Villarreal’s signing of Ruben comes on the back of Liga outfit selling defender Mateo Musacchio to AC Milan.

“Villarreal have reached an agreement with Sporting for the transfer of defender Ruben Semedo, who will play for the club for the next five seasons (until 2022),” a Villarreal statement confirmed.