Villarreal CF have unveiled Chilean international striker Matías Fernández as their first signing of the winter break, joining the Spanish Primera División club from CD Colo Colo for a fee of €8.7m.
The 20-year-old, who was born in Argentina, is thought of as one of South America's brightest young talents and has already been capped five times by Chile, scoring twice. He arrives in Spain with an impressive record of 33 goals in 63 games for Colo Colo, scoring nine times in the Chilean side's run to the final of the Copa Sudamericana this year.
Officially becoming a Villarreal player on 1 January, Fernández joins as a direct replacement for Turkish forward Nihat Kahveci, who suffered a cruciate ligament knee injury in November ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
After being greeted by around 3,500 Villarreal fans, Fernández told a press conference: "I am delighted to be here and didn't expect a reception like this. It is a proud moment for me as I always dreamed of playing in a league like this and now it is going to happen."
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