Long serving left back and Villarreal icon Jaume Costa has left the club after 9 years of service to join newly promoted RCD Mallorca on a free transfer.
The 33-year-old, who was born in Valencia, joined the Yellow Submarine from Valencia in 2012 and went on to make over 250 appearances in La Liga, Segunda, the Copa Del Rey, the Champions and Europa League, scoring 5 goals.
He is Villarreal’s most carded player ever, with 72 yellow and 7 red cards to his name.
He spent the 19/20 season on loan at local rivals Valencia, where he made 19 appearances, before returning to play a role at Villarreal.
Jaume made 25 appearances in his final season, primarily at left back, but also proved to be a serviceable midfielder and right back in the Europa League with 4 starts in the group stage and departs Villarreal as a Europa League Champion.
The defender will link up with former Villarreal manager Luis Garcia Plaza at Mallorca, where he will likely play a rotational role at left back. He will bring a wealth of experience, and this season showed that he was also a good mentor for the younger players to look up to him.
Mallorca now have two left backs on their books, and Jaume will compete for a place with Argentine defender Braian Cufré, who joined them a year ago.
His departure will be felt off the pitch, but with Alfonso Pedraza, Pervis Estupinan and Alberto Moreno, gametime was likely to be very limited for him next season.
We wish him good luck for the future!