Watford clinch signing of former Manchester City and Liverpool player

Watford have signed Albert Riera after his release from Galatasaray in January.

Watford have signed winger Albert Riera on a deal until the end of the season. He had recently just agreed a deal that will see him join Udinese in the summer. With the Pozzo family owning both clubs they have been able to arrange for him to see out the season in the Championship with The Hornets.

Without including Udinese, Watford will be Riera's eight club in a career which has seen him play in five different top flight leagues. In that time he has managed to win the Copa Del Rey twice, once with Real Mallorca and once with Espanyol. He has also won the league with Olympiakos and Galatasaray (twice). He was a UEFA Cup runner-up with Espanyol as well in 2007.

His first spell in England came with Manchester City in 2006 when they took him on loan from Espanyol but he failed to earn a permanent deal with City at that point and returned to his parent club. He impressed in the following two season in La Liga and Liverpool brought him back to England.

He featured heavily in his first season with Liverpool but found first-team chances hard to come by the following year and openly criticised Rafa Benitez.  He was sold to Olympiakos and then moved onto Galatasaray.

Riera has 18 caps for Spain and has scored four goals for them but wasn't included in any of the triumphant squads of 2008, 2010 and 2012. In fact he hasn't played since 2009 for the national side.

Someone with his experience should be a valuable addition for Watford who currently sit in 12th place in the Championship, ten points of the play-off places.


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