Andrés Villena Leaves Toulouse To Return To Spain, Signs With Teruel

  0 Liam Smith | February 03rd, 2018 | European volleyball, French League, International Volleyball, Men's Transfers, News, Pro Indoor

Spanish club CV Teruel has just announced in its official website that Spanish national teamer Andrés Villena has left France’s Spacers Toulouse to sign with its squad. It is a very surprising move for Villena, who although recovering from an injury, was part of a Toulouse roster that is playing the 2018 CEV Champions League, and now will make the move to the Spanish League, a much less prestigious competition when compared to the CEV Champions League and even the French league itself.

Villena is 24 years old and is a 6’4″ opposite hitter. He rose to international fame when he led Spain to a silver medal at the 2011 FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship silver medal as the competition’s highest scorer. The next year he led Spain to another silver medal, this time at the 2012 CEV Junior World Championship, being the competition’s best server.

His performance at these top-level youth competitions caught the attention of Italian A1 club Vibo Valentia, who signed the youngster to a contract for the 2013-14 season. Things didn’t go as expected in their partnership, and at the end of his contract, Villena was let go and signed in Italy’s A2 league, where he played for a season. At the end of his Italian journey, he went back to Spain, where he won two straight Spanish Championships with Unicaja and Parma. His performance once again caught the attention of another European elite club, this time Toulouse, for which he only played in 12 games before once again returning home.

Teruel, who stated the signing was a “luxury reinforcement,” currently sits in 2nd place of SuperLiga with a 14-1 record.

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