Villarreal secure Coloccini

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VILLARREAL have clinched a deal to take defender Fabricio Coloccini on loan from Milan for the whole of next season.

The 21-year-old Argentine spent last term on loan at Villarreal's Primera rivals Atletico Madrid, making a total of 27 league appearances, and has now secured a rapid return to La Primera.

Coloccini arrived in Spanish football with Alaves after joining from San Lorenzo in his homeland.

An impressive first season with the Basque outfit earned him a permanent move to Milan, though he struggled to make an impression at the San Siro leading to his recent loan spells.

Meanwhile, Villarreal have also opened negotiations with Milan-owned striker Jose Mari after agreeing a season-long loan deal with the Serie A outfit.

Jose Mari also spent last season at Atletico on a temporary basis with Coloccini, but it is thought the striker's demands are some way off what Villarreal are prepared to offer.