Fran Villalba departs Blues

Fran Villalba departs Blues

Blues can confirm that Fran Villalba has joined Sporting Gijon in a permanent transfer.

The midfielder, subject to clearance, moves for an undisclosed fee, ending a three-year association with Birmingham City.

This announcement follows February's update that Sporting had exercised their option to sign the 24-year-old Spaniard midway through his loan spell with the Red and Whites.

Having arrived at St. Andrew's in August 2019 from Valencia, Villalba made 17 competitive appearances in royal blue, scoring his only goal during a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough, before his last outing for the Club during a pre-season friendly at Wast Hills Training Ground against Barrow nearly 12 months ago.

Good luck, Fran!