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Zapata to join Villarreal from Udinese

Published: Tuesday 12 July 2011, 12.09CET
Colombia defender Cristián Zapata will join Villarreal CF at the end of his country's Copa América campaign after an estimated €6m deal was struck with his current side Udinese Calcio.
Zapata to join Villarreal from Udinese
Cristián Zapata has left Udinese to join Villarreal ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Tuesday 12 July 2011, 12.09CET

Zapata to join Villarreal from Udinese

Colombia defender Cristián Zapata will join Villarreal CF at the end of his country's Copa América campaign after an estimated €6m deal was struck with his current side Udinese Calcio.

Villarreal CF have signed Colombia defender Cristián Zapata from fellow UEFA Champions League play-off contenders Udinese Calcio for a fee reportedly in the region of €6m.

The 24-year-old has agreed a five-year contract with Villarreal and will come to El Madrigal at the end of quarter-finalist Colombia's campaign at the 2011 Copa América in Argentina. The 15-times capped Zapata scored five goals in 168 Serie A games for Udinese who – like Villarreal – finished fourth in their league to earn a stab at the UEFA Champions League via August's play-offs.

Last updated: 12/07/11 13.28CET

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