Juan Foyth leaves Tottenham to sign for Villarreal permanently
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth has left the club and completed a permanent transfer to La Liga giants Villarreal.
The 23-year-old Foyth had been with Tottenham since 2017, having arrived as a promising prospect from Argentine outfit Estudiantes. However, the versatile defender was never able to nail down a spot in the Spurs setup and spent time warming the benches.
Foyth’s game-time took a further hit once Jose Mourinho came in to replace Mauricio Pochettino as the manager in November 2019. And the Argentine international decided to leave the club on loan last year, signing for Villarreal on a one-year deal.
After initially finding it difficult, Foyth thrived with the Yellow Submarines, racking up 32 appearances for them. He was one of their top performers in the finals of the UEFA Europa League as they defeated Manchester United on penalties to lift the trophy.
And now, having been convinced by the 23-year-old, Villarreal have triggered the option of making his transfer permanent in a deal worth £13m. An official statement from Tottenham confirming the same read (h/t Evening Standard):
“We can confirm that Villarreal has exercised the option to sign Juan Foyth on a permanent basis. The Argentina defender joined us in August, 2017 from Estudiantes and went on to make 32 appearances, scoring once. We wish Juan all the best for the future.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 11, 2021
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Foyth’s career had stalled at Tottenham. The defender, though, showed plenty of promise away at Villarreal, even playing in an unnatural right-back role for most of the season.
Having completed the permanent transfer, the 23-year-old will now be hoping to build on a promising start to life in Spain and get his career back on the right track.