Soccer-Chilean international Villanueva to join Blackburn | Reuters

Soccer-Chilean international Villanueva to join Blackburn | Reuters

SANTIAGO, July 18 (Reuters) – Chile international midfielder Carlos Villanueva is to join English Premier League Blackburn Rovers, his club Audax Italiano said on Friday.

“The directors of Audax Italiano informed that this morning they reached a complete agreement with Blackburn Rovers for the transfer of Carlos Villanueva for the 2008/09 season,” the club said on its website (www.audaxitaliano.cl).

Villanueva, 22, agreed terms with Spain’s Real Sociedad in May but the deal fell through.

He began his career with Deportes La Serena in the second division in 2003 and helped them win promotion before joining Audax in 2004.

Villanueva made his international debut in 2007 in the Copa America match against Ecuador and scored the decisive goal in a 3-2 win with a last-minute free-kick. (Reporting by Claudio Cerda; Editing by John Mehaffey)

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