Valencia agree to sign Piatti

06 July 2011 - 13:44 By Reuters
Pablo Piatti (L) of Almeria tries to stop Gerard Pique of Barcelona by holding on to his shorts during the La Liga match at the Camp Nou stadium on April 9, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain
Pablo Piatti (L) of Almeria tries to stop Gerard Pique of Barcelona by holding on to his shorts during the La Liga match at the Camp Nou stadium on April 9, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain
Image: Jasper Juinen

Valencia have agreed to buy relegated Almeria’s Argentine forward Pablo Piatti, the Spanish clubs said on Wednesday. 

  The 22-year-old, who joined Almeria from Argentina’s Estudiantes in 2008, will sign a five-year contract once he has passed a medical, Valencia and Almeria said on their websites (www.valenciacf.com / www.udalmeriasad.com).     

    “He is a young lad, with a lot of promise who nonetheless has a great deal of experience in top-level soccer,” Valencia president Manuel Llorente said in a statement.     

    Piatti comes from the Argentine province of Cordoba, where former Valencia players Mario Kempes, Claudio Lopez and Pablo Aimar were also born.     

    Valencia finished third in La Liga behind champions Barcelona and Real Madrid for a second consecutive season, securing automatic qualification for the Champions League, Europe’s elite club competition.

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