Paraguay’s Justo Villar confirms stay in Argentina after Copa America

Paraguay’s Copa America hero Justo Villar has this week joined a new club, having been released from Segunda Division team Real Valladolid.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper, whose profile has risen after notable performances in the South American tournament this summer, was released from Real Valladolid this summer after failing to hold down a regular starting spot in three seasons.

Formerly a back-up on the international scene to Jose Luis Chilavert, Villar has been first-choice for La Albirroja since 2006, playing in two World Cups. However, he was unable to dislodge Jacobo and then Jaime Jimenez between the sticks at the Jose Zorrilla, although at the club they are quick to recognise not only his professionalism, but his coaching attributes in working with the younger goalkeepers during his three years in the dressing room.

The shot-stopper – man of the match in the quarter-final against Brazil this week – has returned to Argente club football where he first made his name, signing a three-year deal with Estudiantes.

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