Tottenham have confirmed that Villarreal have activated their purchase option to turn Juan Foyth’s loan deal into a permanent move.
The defender leaves Spurs after winning the Europa League final against Manchester United last month. The La Liga club also beat Arsenal on their way to Gdansk and finished seventh in the Spanish top flight. However, Foyth looked to have little chance of getting back in the Tottenham team.
As a result, the 23-year-old and Villarreal have agreed to offer him a longer-term deal.
Confirming the news on their official website, Tottenham’s statement wrote: “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.
“Juan moved on loan to Villarreal in September, 2020 and made 32 appearances in total for the La Liga side last season, including their Europa League final win against Manchester United.
“We wish Juan all the best for the future.”
There is no mention of the fee involved in Villarreal’s purchase option. However, previous reports have claimed it sits at £12.8million.
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Foyth joined Tottenham from Estudiantes in the summer 2017, under the guidance of former boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Although, he remained on the fringes of the team in his first season, making only eight appearances.
In 2018/19, meanwhile, Foyth turned his plethora of Premier League bench appearances into minutes. He played 12 times in the top flight, adding two more Champions League appearances.
The following campaign, Pochettino’s sacking and Jose Mourinho’s arrival into the Tottenham dugout saw the defender’s game time regress. As a result, he sealed his loan move in October.
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Meanwhile, Serge Aurier is another Tottenham star who is reportedly close to sealing an exit.
The French full-back has faced speculation over his future for some time, especially under Mourinho.
Now, though, he has reportedly agreed personal terms over his next move.