Mojica Changes Sides

There were several options on the table but in the end it was just one move that took place at Villarreal on the last day of the transfer market. A few hours after the deadline, the Castellón club decided to launch definitively for Johan Mojica to reinforce your left flank, a demarcation that was a priority for Unai Emery before Juan Foyth will be injured in last Sunday’s match against Getafe

The The injury of the Argentine soccer player was what delayed the arrival of Mojica, whose profile was just what the Castellón club was looking for to reinforce the left wing. The Colombian can offer benefits similar to those of Alfonso Pedraza. The new yellow footballer is a winger converted to a winger, just like the Cordovan, who shines especially when he has to act as a lane. This is how he did it in Pablo Machín’s Girona and also last season when Fran Escribá chose to play with that same 1-3-5-2 in Elche.

Mojica also fit into what Villarreal was looking for for his price. The The Colombian’s termination clause is just 5.5 million euros, although as announced by Elche in the statement reporting the sale of the player, the agreement It has been “for an amount greater than the termination clause of his contract.”

mojica, what signed for four seasons, until June 30, 2026, he already has extensive experience in Spanish football, where he has developed a good part of his career. Trained in the Deportivo Cali youth academy, Johan Mojica (Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 1992) made the leap to Europe at the age of 20 to debut in the First Division with Rayo Vallecano, where he arrived on loan. The Madrid club bought the player in the summer of 2014 but he spent the next two seasons playing on loan at Real Valladolid in the Second Division. Back in Vallecas, he spends the following season riding between Rayo and Girona.

His good performance at the Catalan club means that he repeats loan for his debut in the First Division and later ends up staying with the player, who in his second full year at Montilivi, sees his progression cut short due to a serious injury. Mojica breaks his lateral cruciate ligament in October 2018 and misses almost the entire season in which Girona ends up being relegated.

Back in the Second Division, the Colombian is one of the important pieces in the team and in the summer of 2020 he leaves Spain to play on loan at Atalanta, with whom he debuts in the Champions League but in the winter market he changes destination and He arrives on loan to Elche, who acquired his rights last summer. Mojica played 33 LaLiga games and one Copa del Rey game with the French team last season, scoring two goals and providing five assists.

The Colombian is also a starter with his national team, with which he has played 19 games and participated in the World Cup in Russia in 2018. With his arrival, Emery sees one of his main requests for this transfer market covered. The injury of Alberto Moreno, whom the coach considers to play in other positions rather than as a winger, and the sale of Pervis Estupiñán had left Pedraza as the only effective player for that position.

Before launching for Mojica, Villarreal was testing other options, specifically looking for a player who could make up for Foyth’s loss and who, at the same time, could replace Pedraza. A profile in which he fit perfectly Sergio Dest but the departure of the footballer from Barcelona to Milan, where he will play on loan this season, made Villarreal rethink the situation. In Italy, contacts with Atalanta were also reported for the arrival of Hateboer to the yellow team but the Castellón club finally chose not to reinforce the right side and finally opted for Mojica, who will change sides for the duel that this Sunday will face Villarreal and Elche at the Ciutat de València.

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