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Spurs defender Dervite heading to Villarreal

Marca claim the Frenchman has agreed a three-year deal at El Madrigal, after his contract at White Hart Lane expired at the end of last month.

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The 21-year-old arrived at Spurs from Lille in 2006, and made his only competitive appearance for the Tottenham first team in a League Cup match against Port Vale in November of the same year.

Dervite had featured in Harry Redknapp’s side in pre-season last year, playing in the Wembley Cup defeat to Celtic, but was unable to force his way into the first XI, despite injuries to key defenders Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.