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Rossi Pledges Allegience... Villarreal. El Bambino is apparently looking to extend his contract, which currently ends in 2013. He said, "It was said that I could go to Rubin Kazan or Juventus, but I am only thinking of Villarreal. I still have the first contract I signed with Villarreal, and when we sit down to negotiate, things will move quickly. Here, I have everything I need to be happy."

Even if the expectation is that he actually will move on to an Italian side this summer (in part determined perhaps based on whether Villarreal can complete its resurgence into the Champions League positions), a contract extension can only help Villarreal. Combine an increased buyout clause and a good performance for the Italian-American-Italian at World Cup 2010, and Villarreal, if it wants to sell, can demand a very high price. Of course, I am more than happy to see him continue to suit up in yellow.

Also, for those who are interested, Joan Capdevila played 90 minutes in Catalunya's victory over Argentina yesterday.