Villarreal have completed the signing of Aissa Mandi.
The Algerian centre back joins the Yellow Submarine on a four-year deal after opting against signing a new deal with Real Betis where he spent the last five years of his career.
He becomes the second African star after Samuel Chukwueze to be contracted to the reigning Europa League champions.
Mandi joined Betis from Stade Reims in 2016 and went on to make over 166 appearances in La Liga for the club.
The move was confirmed by Villarreal via a statement released in their official website.
“Villarreal CF have reached an agreement with Aïssa Mandi, who will play in yellow for the next four seasons (until June 2025). The French-Algerian footballer joins the Submarine as a free agent after his contract expired at Real Betis Balompie,” read the statement.
Born in France to Algerian parents, the 29-year-old started playing football at Le Harve at the age of eight and made his debut for the club in 2010.
Stade Reims then signed the technically-gifted defender and he spent four years with the club before leaving for Betis in 2016.
Algeria won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and Mandi featured in all the games for the Desert Foxes.
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