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Last Updated: Friday, 9 July, 2004, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Harte seals Spain switch
Ian Harte
Harte is the latest player to head for the Leeds exit door
Leeds defender Ian Harte has signed a four-year deal with Spanish La Liga side Levante.

The 26-year-old left-back will join up with Sweden international Johan Mjallby, who recently left Celtic.

"I am joining an ambitious club and I want to make my mark and remain here for several years," said Harte.

The Valencia-based club face their first season in the Spanish top flight for 39 years after winning promotion last season.

"I know they are a team who have only recently been promoted from the second division, but I have a lot of confidence in them," said the Republic of Ireland international.

Harte admitted it had been a difficult choice for him to leave Leeds.

"I am sad to have left Leeds, because I have left some good friends there." "But I think I have made a positive step in my career coming to Levante, I was surprised by the reception I received at the airport and I hope to give the fans something to be happy about on the pitch," Harte added.

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