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Villarreal hike Alfonso Pedraza's buy-out to ward off suitors

The 21-year-old will complete the pre-season with the first team squad and could be drafted into the senior squad. Last season he did well on loan at Lugo and Leeds.

Villarreal hike Alfonso Pedraza's buy-out to ward off suitors

Villarreal announced this afternoon that they have extended Alfonso Pedraza's contract by two years, tying him to the club until June 2021 in a deal which will also see the winger's buy-out raised significantly as a hands-off message to potential suitors.

Pedraza's buy-out deemed insufficient

Villarreal are reluctant to disclose details of Pedraza's new buy-out but the previous clause was set at just over 10 million euros. That was the fee which Leeds United would have been obliged to pay to but the player outright had they gained promotion back to the Premier League, according to the small print in the contract signed in January when Pedraza embarked on a six-month loan in the Championship.

Pedraza started last season on loan with Liga 1|2|3 outfit CD Lugo and was one of the team's star performers. He was lured away from the Anxo Carro by Garry Monk's Leeds United in a surprise loan deal completed at the end of the winter transfer window. In England, Pedraza made eight appearances with Leeds and scored once - in the 1-3 win over Birmingham City in March.

The 21-year-old will complete the pre-season with Villarreal's first team and has a realistic chance of being registered for the senior side although the club have received numerous offers requesting the winger on loan and also offers from clubs interested in paying the buy-out which has prompted the Submarine to revise his previous contract.

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