Udinese have confirmed Cristian Zapata has completed his transfer to Villarreal.
Zapata joined Udinese from Deportivo Cali and since emerged as a fans' favourite, making 190 appearances for the club.
Premier League side Liverpool had been mooted as suitors for the Colombia international this summer, but Villarreal recently emerged as leading contenders to acquire his services.
The deal has now been sealed for the 24-year-old, although the specifics have yet to be revealed.
Zapata plies his trade at centre-back while he is also capable as a right-back. A statement on Udinese's official website wished the defender all the best with his future.