Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has joined Villarreal on loan until the end of the season, the clubs announced on Monday.
Villarreal will also have an option to buy Lo Celso, who has failed to impress Spurs manager Antonio Conte.
The 25-year-old has made just nine Premier League appearances this season and has largely disappointed since joining Tottenham from Real Betis in 2019.
Spurs paid around 30 million euros ($33.7 million) for Lo Celso, who played 84 times for the club in total and scored eight goals.
He had some promising spells of form but injuries and inconsistencies meant that the Argentine never really cemented his place in the team, even before Conte’s arrival.
Conte left Lo Celso out of the squad for a 2-0 loss to Chelsea earlier this month and, when asked about the midfielder’s future after the game, said: “I selected the players for this game and this question is one for the club to answer.”
Lo Celso had already expressed his displeasure on Instagram by posting that he was “100% in good physical condition” before the match.
Villarreal said in a statement that Lo Celso would join his new teammates after Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia on Wednesday.
The club described Lo Celso as a player with “great technical qualities… who has a prodigious left foot and who is a specialist in the last pass. His handling of the ball, his vision of the game and his good kick make him a very complete midfielder.
Lo Celso reached the peak of his form with Real Betis in the 2018-2019 season when he scored 16 goals and provided six assists in 45 appearances. He finds Unai Emery, with whom he played at Paris Saint-Germain.
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