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Udinese sign controversial ex-Liverpool man after January release

Udinese have officially announced the signing of Albert Riera.

The Spaniard landed at Anfield on deadline day in the summer of 2008, only to be on his way out under two years later, signing with join Greek giants Olympiakos.

Riera’s sale wasn’t necessarily by choice - he had been transfer listed after publicly criticising Rafael Benitez early in 2010 and was flogged off despite his countryman’s simultaneous departure from the bench.

After a single season at the Karaiskakis Stadium the winger would embark on yet another new adventure, moving across the Aegean to take up with Galatasaray.

Converted to a full-back by ex-boss Fatih Terim, Riera found space hard to come by under Roberto Mancini this term and was released from his contract in January to free up spots for new signings.

As always seems to be the case for journeymen, however, it hasn’t taken him long to find a new employer.

On Monday, Udinese unveiled Riera as the club’s newest addition - set to join up with the club officially on July 1.

A free agent capture, the former Spain international has been signed at no cost by the notoriously thrifty Zebrette, who have witnessed a downturn in fortunes this term after years of competing in the upper reaches of the Serie A table.

The details of Riera’s contract at the Stadio Friuli have not been released, though it appears likely that the 31-year-old has penned a short-term deal in northeast Italy.

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