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Atleti sign Villarreal’s Cani on loan

atletico-madrid-winnersSpanish La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have made their second signing of the January transfer window with the capture of Villarreal playmaker Cani on loan for the rest of the season.

The 33-year-old has made over 300 appearances during a nine-year stay with Villarreal and is likely to fill the gap left by the departure of Alessio Cerci to AC Milan in a swap deal that saw Fernando Torres return to Atletico after a seven-year absence last week.

“He is an experienced player in our league and has tremendous quality that will increase the competition within the squad,” Atletico’s sporting director Jose Luis Caminero said in a statement on the club’s official website.

“He is used to handling great responsiblity and we are happy with his arrival because we believe he will offer a lot in the decisive part of the season.”