July 12, 2011

MADRID (Reuters) -- Villarreal have agreed to sign Colombia defender Cristian Zapata from Serie A side Udinese on a five-year contract, the La Liga club said on Tuesday.

"Zapata will join up with Villarreal CF once the Copa America in Argentina has finished," Villarreal said in a statement on their website (www.villarrealcf.es).

The 24-year-old spent six seasons with Udinese and could play in central defence or as a fullback, they added.

Villarreal finished fourth in La Liga last season, clinching a place in the Champions League playoff round.

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