Promoted English Premier League side Leeds has announced the signing of Spanish centre-back Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad.

The 27-year-old defender has inked a four-year deal that will keep him at Elland Road until 2024.

Llorente, who will wear jersey No. 14, becomes the second Spain international to join the club this season after the arrival of Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia.

“I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates and the manager as soon as possible,” Llorente was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

“I have a lot of energy and with my abilities, I think I can help add to the team and this is the goal for me. I was happy when Leeds United got back to the Premier League and to be here is an honour and it’s a good challenge for me.”

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Llorente started his career at Real Madrid, making his senior debut against Osasuna in June 2013.

He spent the 2015/16 campaign at Rayo Vallecano and then joined Malaga on loan where he made 25 appearances in Spain’s top-flight.

His performance at Malaga led Real Sociedad to secure his signature on a permanent basis from Real Madrid in June 2017, where he signed a five-year deal at the Reale Arena.

At Sociedad, Llorente made 88 appearances over the last three seasons, scoring eight goals.

Llorente has won five caps for Spain, with his last coming in the 2-1 victory over Romania in May 2019.

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