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Villarreal sign Spurs defender on permanent deal

Tottenham have confirmed Juan Foyth has left the club after Villarreal exercised their option to make his stay at the club permanent.

The Argentina international was loaned out to the La Liga outfit at the start of the season, having been deemed surplus to requirements by former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

A number of injury setbacks have hampered Foyth’s attempts to cement a first team place at Estadio de la Ceramica, but the versatility he’s shown when fit has impressed the club’s hierarchy – having filled in at right back and in central midfield, as well as his natural centre-back position.

With Foyth’s loan deal expiring at the end of this month, Villarreal have now decided to make the switch permanent, with Tottenham taking to their official website to confirm the news.

“We can confirm that Villarreal has exercised the option to sign Juan Foyth on a permanent basis,” a club statement read. “The Argentina defender joined us in August, 2017 from Estudiantes and went on to make 32 appearances, scoring once.

“Juan moved on loan to Villarreal in September, 2020 and made 32 appearances in total for the La Liga side last season, including their Europa League final win against Manchester United. We wish Juan all the best for the future.”

As of yet there has been no mention of the fee involved in the deal, though reports have suggested it could be worth as much as €15m (£12.9m).

Foyth’s former club Estudiantes will be entitled to a small proportion of the fee due to the sell-on clause in their agreement with Spurs, but the Lilywhites are still likely to make a profit on the player they signed for £8m back in 2017.

Juan Foyth

Foyth in action for Tottenham / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

The 23-year-old mustered just 16 Premier League appearances during his time in north London, with his only goal for the club coming in a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace back in 2018.

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