New Villarreal CF central defender Iván Marcano said the prospect of playing European football was one of the crucial factors in his decision to make a reported €6m switch from Real Racing Club.
The 22-year-old – who made 35 Liga appearances for the Cantabrian outfit last term – has agreed a six-year contract and will team up with new coach Ernesto Valverde at El Madrigal. "The truth is that I had other offers but there was no doubt in my mind about coming here; Villarreal is a club that has always attracted me," the Spanish Under-21 international explained. "I spent 13 years with Racing and I am from that region so it wasn't an easy decision for me to leave my home behind but this represents an important leap in my career."
Villarreal will compete in a UEFA Europa League play-off in August, a challenge Marcano says he is looking forward to. "This is one of the few teams that have been playing in Europe for several successive seasons and that was a big incentive for me in coming here."
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