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Altidore headed to Xerez on loan

Villarreal's Jozy Altidore has joined second division Xerez on loan for the rest of the Spanish league season.

"This is a good opportunity for me because I will be able to get more playing time which will help me adapt to this country and continue to develop my career," Altidore said on Villarreal's Web site.

It was originally thought that Xerez asked about the possibility of a permanent transfer, but Villarreal had no interest.

"In the beginning it appeared very advanced but utlimately it looks as though neither the head coach or the player were interested in making this change," Villarreal general manager Jose Manuel Llaneza said to Spanish daily AS. "Right now I was talking to Xerez, but [Altidore] doesn't want it, nor does the head coach, and like that it is too difficult.

"The club is interested in him playing and proving himself. This wasn't an important move economically, but more a sporting move."

Xerez currently sits in first place in the Spanish second division and the move is expected to earn more playing time for Altidore. Altidore became the record transfer in Major League Soccer's history when he was sold to Villarreal last year for a fee of approximately $10 million. Altidore has scored one goal in six matches with Villarreal this season.

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