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Blackburn sign Chilean Villanueva

Carlos Villanueva in action for Audax Italiano
Rovers have the option to sign Villanueva permanently

Blackburn have signed midfielder Carlos Villanueva on an initial one-year loan deal from Chilean club Audax Italiano.

Rovers have the option to acquire the 22-year-old, currently Chile's player of the year, for a further three years at a pre-arranged fee.

"It is an exciting signing," boss Paul Ince told the club's website. "He is a talented kid, he's a skilful player and I am sure he will excite the fans."

Villaneuva has made 12 appearances for Chile, scoring one goal.

And Ince added: "We'll see how it goes, it is always hard when you come to a new country.


"I went to Italy and it took me a few months to settle down, so I don't want too much expectation on the lad."

The deal comes after England midfielder David Bentley left Blackburn for Tottenham last week.

see also
Tottenham complete Bentley switch
30 Jul 08 |  Tottenham
Robinson vows to win England spot
29 Jul 08 |  Blackburn
Friedel completes move to Villa
26 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa
Rovers reject Spurs' Bentley bid
18 Jul 08 |  Blackburn
Santa Cruz keen to stay at Rovers
14 Jul 08 |  Blackburn
Bentley is still a Rover - Nelsen
08 Jul 08 |  Blackburn
Ince to decide on pair - chairman
24 Jun 08 |  Blackburn

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