Villarreal look to Federico Fazio to shore up their defence

Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo were the first to arrive. The Valencia CF couple, taking advantage of the extreme economic situation the Mestalla club is going through, are already under the command of Unai Emery and Villarreal.

Villarreal look to Federico Fazio to shore up their defence

Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo were the first to arrive. The Valencia CF couple, taking advantage of the extreme economic situation the Mestalla club is going through, are already under the command of Unai Emery and Villarreal. The same happens with Take Kubo. The skillful footballer, who is owned by Real Madrid but played last season in Mallorca, has also been introduced recently. However, the coach from Gipuzkoa is still working with the technical secretary of the club to shore up the squad for the 2021/2021 season. And, now, he seems to have noticed an old acquaintance.

Federico

Fazio, the one chosen

to shore up the defence of the

'submarine'

Federico Fazio, the current central defender of Roma, is the one chosen by Unai Emery to close the defence of the yellow team for next season. The tall centre-back of Argentinian origin is not yet considered a priority target for the club. However, if the rumours of Pau Torres' departure for Barcelona are confirmed, it seems that the operation will definitely be carried out and that Roma will not be putting up too many obstacles to the Argentinian centre-back's departure. Why? This season, the player has not enjoyed the same number of opportunities as in the previous one. Moreover, the team from the Italian capital has executed its purchase option on Smalling, which seems to have left him without a place in the back of one of the most important teams in Serie A. As indicated by MyProtein about the changes in football due to the coronavirus crisis, the prices of elite players have been reduced.

Therefore, and taking into account the momentum that has meant the final classification for the next edition of the Europa League, everything seems to indicate that the team will be strengthened with experienced players and quality. A good starting point to fill the huge hole left by the departure of Santi Cazorla, the club's flagship.

The past between Unai Emery and Federico FazioIt seems

like an eternity, but the coach from Guipuzcoa and the Argentinean player coincided in Sevilla FC in the 2021/2021 season. In fact, they both won the Europa League title that same season after beating Benfica in the final and in a penalty shoot-out. The central defender's excellent performance led to his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League that summer, but Federico Fazio's first taste of international European football was not entirely positive. Despite having signed a four-year contract, he was loaned out again to Sevilla FC, still run by Unai Emery, in January 2021There he won the UEFA Europa League for the third time in a row and the fifth in total. He also reached the final of the Copa del Rey, although he was defeated by FC Barcelona, and in the summer of 2021 he was transferred to AS Roma in exchange for

1.2 million euros.

This was the last professional venture of the 33-year-old Argentinian centre-back. An age that denotes experience for a centre-back who still has a lot of football to play. Despite the departure of Santi Cazorla, Villareal appear to be getting their fans back on track.