We have news of Joan Capdevila, Villarreal's only World Cup winner. When last heard from, he was on his way to India, leaving Espanyol for NorthEast United in the Indian Super League. However, he's now turned up in Belgium, playing left back for Jupiler League club Lierse SK; they're currently bottom of the table, but Joan has started three matches since moving there in late January.
Capdevila is now 37: he's had a long career. He came up in Espanyol's youth system, Atleti picked him up on a free transfer in 1999 and he played two years there before Deportivo paid €6.4m for him in 2001. After six seasons there, Villarreal picked him up (on a free transfer!), and he left for Benfica, also on a free, four years later.
Espanyol paid €350,000 for him to return in 2012, the only transfer fee ever paid for him apart from Depor's original purchase.
And, news of a couple of other names from Villarreal B, circa 2010. One a highly thought of youth international who pretty much plateaued but has found a home in England's second level, the other an Argentine player who flamed out.
Dorian Dervite-- Remember him? A French centre back and youth international (all levels up to U-21), Tottenham Hotspur snapped him up at age 18 from Lille, paying €1.5 million for him, but he never made their first team. We signed him on a free transfer in August 2010 and he played in 23 matches over one and a half seasons with our B team before we let him go.
Since then, he seems to have found a home of sorts in the English Championship, spending two years with Charlton Athletic before joining Bolton Wanderers on a free in August.
Facundo Coria-- Coria was signed by Villarreal from Velez Sarsfield in July 2010, aged 23, following loan spells with Emelec, Arsenal de Sarandi, and Argentinos Juniors. Coria was never a youth international, but he seemed a bit of a late bloomer, and Villarreal decided to take a chance on him.
We paid around €1m and gave him a five-year contract. Maybe we should have inquired a little more as to why he kept moving around,though, because there must have been some off-the-pitch issues with this guy.
An attacking midfielder, he showed some promise in the first half of the 2010-11 season, scoring three times for the B team in 15 matches, but in spite of that we sent him packing on loan to Pachuca (Mexico) in January, and he never wore a Villarreal shirt again.
He returned from Mexico, Villarreal sent him back to Argentina, to Estudiantes (no idea if we got a fee or not), they loaned him out to Colo-Colo, and evidently he's been on the books of Argentinos Juniors since 2013, though he's hardly played. He started once in 2014 (and was subbed after 58 minutes) and has made a handful of sub appearances. I can't find he's played at all this season. He turns 28 in May, so maybe another Argentine club will take a chance on him, but he's indistinguishable from a lot of other journeyman footballers these days.