The 30-year-old left-back had already reached an agreement to terminate his Valencia contract a year early this summer, and has now finalised the terms on a contract at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium. The deal is for an initial 12 months, with a clause inserted to automatically renew it should the player reach 25 League appearances for the coming season.
This is in relation to the Basque defender’s struggles with injury. Indeed, he won’t be able to make his debut for Los Granotes until mid-September at the earliest, after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon at the end of the 2010-11, in a bid to end long-term issues with what was a recurring injury.
The former Chelsea player joined Valencia in 2006 for €8m, but only made his debut – due to rupturing his Achilles tendon – in March 2007, before being transfer listed by June 2007 and told he had no future at the Mestalla. Loan spells at Athletic Bilbao and Valladolid followed, but the player looks settled on a permanent stay at Valencia’s cross-town rivals Levante.
In signing the deal, the player rejected offers from Valladolid and Swiss side Neuch