Borja Valero, Dorian Dervite to Join Villarreal

Cristian SireraContributor IJuly 8, 2010

MALLORCA, SPAIN - MAY 05:  Fernando Gago (R) of Real Madrid duels for the ball with Borja Valero of Mallorca during the La Liga match between Mallorca and Real Madrid at the ONO Estadio on May 5, 2010 in Mallorca, Spain. Real Madrid won the match 4-1.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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As Villarreal continues to prepare for an exciting season, the team's signings and transfers continue to happen. Several old key players such as captain Javi Venta and French legend Robert Pires (both free agents at the moment), and reliable striker Joseba Llorente (to recently promoted Real Sociedad) left the club, which made it clear that president Fernando Roig was planning a different approach to next season.

Earlier this summer, the president announced the team would look to young team Villarreal B for new faces. The B team finished in the top seven in the first year in Liga Adelante, which surpassed all expectations.

Roig's words were said and done; several B players are already part of the first team for Villarreal's exciting preseason, with Ecuadorian midfielder Jefferson Montero, or Argentinean centerback Mateo Musacchio being considered for the starting eleven of the new year by coach Garrido.

Now, with the World Cup coming to an end, Villarreal hurries to get its homework done and sign as many outside players it needs before the market explodes next Monday.

The first two signings are creative midfielder Borja Valero and young centerback Dorian Dervite.

Valero wanted to continue to play in Spain this season after a successful spell at Mallorca that left the team fifth in La Liga, the best year for the club in a long time. Mallorca will play in the Europa League next season.

Valero, officially a West Bromwich Albion player, had been followed closely by Mallorca, who first wanted to pay the four million Euro clause stipulated before the loan, but could not make the payment as the club was lucky enough to keep the entity away from bankruptcy.

During this summer, Sevilla was the second Spanish team to want to make an effort for the Spaniard, but the Andalusians, which will play in the Champions League next season, were too busy closing contract renewals with Andres Palop and others, and dealing with the Luis Fabiano to AC Milan situation, to focus on Valero. Instead, they signed Italian midfielder Tiberio Guarente, from Atalanta.

Villarreal took the bull by the horns, and within a matter of days, the signing has been announced. The skilled midfielder will join the Yellow Submarine for the next five seasons, and will pay West Bromwich six million Euro.

Valero, who is known for his particular way of bringing the ball from the defensive midfield to the forwards, a very Riquelme-like quality, as well as for his mid-range shots, has been a very much wanted player all throughout the summer.

The Spaniard was named one of the best players in last edition of La Liga, winning the Don Balón Magazine Award for Player of the Year in Spain in the process.

Valero is only 25 years old, but has already played over 150 league games between Real Madrid B, Mallorca, and West Bromwich.

Villarreal will keep the average age of 25 for the first team with this signing. The average age has gone down a whopping four years since last year.

French centerback Dorian Dervite has also signed for Villarreal. The ex-Tottenham player will signed with the Spanish team for the next two seasons after signing as a free agent, and will join the B team in Liga Adelante, Spain's second division.

Even though 21-year-old Dervite has not really enjoyed much playing time with the English club, he has represented France at every level from the U-16 to the U-21.

He spent last season on loan at England's League One Southend United, and even though the team finished the year relegated to League Two, he was voted Southend's second player of the year.