Espanyol sign Capdevila from Benfica on one-year deal

The World Cup-winning 34-year-old has returned to Spain after a mixed year in Portugal, and has rejoined the team he left in 1999 on a short-term deal
Espanyol have announced the signing of Joan Capdevila from Benfica on a one-year contract, with an option for an additional season written into the deal.

The 34-year-old left-back helped Spain to glory at the European Championship in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, but struggled for form and fitness since arriving in Portugal last summer.

"The final agreement was signed [Friday] morning between the Catalan defender and the team," a statement on Espanyol's official website read.

"We are happy because he has had a long and fruitful career in the Spanish league."

Indeed, Capdevila made his first steps as a professional footballer at Espanyol after joining from home-town club Tarrega in 1997, and has gone on to play over 250 times in La Liga.

Espanyol start the new season away to Mallorca on the weekend of August 18.