Seagulls secure Vicente coup

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Brighton and Hove Albion have pulled off one of the signings of the summer after luring Spanish international winger Vicente Rodriguez to the club.

The 30-year-old joins on a one-year deal after being released by Valencia earlier this summer.

Having been capped 38 times by Spain and played in the Champions League, Vicente brings a wealth of experience to the Npower Championship leaders, and manager Gus Poyet is thrilled to land the versatile player.

"Vicente is the special player we wanted," Poyet said. "He has great qualities in terms of his ability and flexibility to play in a range of different positions, so plenty of quality.

"He also brings a great experience having played at the top level for the last ten years with Valencia, including the Champions League, Uefa Cup and international football with Spain.


"Throughout his career, he has always attracted great interest from top clubs across Europe so this is a major coup to bring him to the Amex.

"I am sure the supporters will have seen him in action in La Liga or in the Champions League and will be very excited by the prospect of seeing him in a Brighton & Hove Albion shirt."

Vicente won two La Liga titles while with Valencia, as well as the UEFA Cup while under Rafa Benitez. He also helped the club reach the Champions League final in 2001.

The former Levante man was at one time considered to be one of the most dangerous wingers on the continent, and had previously been linked with Manchester United.

He's expected to go straight into the squad for next week's encounter with Bristol City.

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