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“Coming to Villarreal is one of my best decisions”
“Coming to Villarreal is one of my best decisions”


The Submarine supporters welcome Pablo Fornals in style

He is now a ‘groguet’. The new Villarreal midfielder was presented to fans at the official shop in the Plaça Major this evening, in an event that saw hundreds of fans gather to welcome the footballer and was led by the Yellows’ CEO, Fernando Roig Negueroles.

During the presentation, the Fornals stated that he is really excited upon his arrival to the Submarine, where he already played for five seasons as a part of the Yellows Academy years ago. “For me it is a privilege to be here, I really like the project Villarreal has set out on and I can’t wait to be able to contribute to the team. I think coming back to this club is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I’m close to home and I want to form part of a big project like this”.  

The midfielder, at just 21 years old, is one of the real pearls of Spanish football and highlighted that he is ready to play whenever the Manager requires him. “Everything has happened so fast, but I was already training full out in preseason in Holland and I’m ready to play. If the Manager needs me, I’m ready. I want to keep growing as a footballer and I think Villarreal is the perfect place for me to do that”.

Pablo Fornals Malla (Castellón, 22/02/1996) started his football career at  ACD Benicense in Benicàssim and then moved to Villarreal CF to play for the U8. He stayed at the Yellows Academy for five seasons and subsequently went on to play for CD Castellón for four campaigns. From there he moved to Málaga CF to play for their U19 team, where he moved up the ranks and soon went on to represent the white-and-blues first team, making his debut at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium against Real Madrid CF on 26th September 2015.

Since then, Fornals has played 59 matches in the First Division and 4 in the Copa del Rey, and scored a total of 10 goals in his two seasons in the top flight. His performance has led him to represent both the U21 and Senior Spain national teams, with one cap for each.