One in, one out at Norwich as Villarreal star signs on loan

Date published: Tuesday 18th August 2020 4:51 - James Marshment

Xavi Quintilla

Norwich have signed Spanish defender Xavi Quintilla on a season-long loan from Villarreal.

The 23-year-old full-back will spend the 2020-21 season on loan at Carrow Road, though the Canaries can make the deal permanent at any time.

Quintilla, a Spain youth international, told the club’s official website: “I’m so happy and proud to be here and to play for Norwich in England and in the Championship.

“My philosophy and my football is similar to Norwich’s. I played before for Villarreal and Barcelona’s academy, and I think Norwich works a bit like them, so it’s great for me.

“I come here to play as many minutes as possible. We want to play good football for the fans to see. I would love to play in the Premier League, so I will do everything possible to get Norwich into the top league.”


Farke on Quintilla arrival

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke added: “Xavi is a player we’ve been following and tracking for some time.  

“I’m happy it has been possible to sign him at this stage, because he is a young player with experience at the top level. He has played nearly 30 games in La Liga for Villarreal and also has experience in European competitions.  

“He’s a humble person who wants to develop his game. As a player, he has good technical and tactical skills and is very good in possession of the ball. 

“We had a situation last season where we were a little short in the full-back areas, so we’ve now been able to add competition and options in those areas.” 

Meanwhile, full-back Philip Heise has joined Bundesliga 2 outfit Karlsruher on a season-long loan.


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