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Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo charged with attempted murder in Spain

Villarreal’s new defensive signing Ruben Semedo has appeared in court in Spain, charged with attempted murder.

The court in Lliria, near Valencia, also charged the 23-year-old Portuguese player with robbery, assault, ‘illegal detention’ and possession of illegal weapons.

Semedo was arrested on Tuesday and has been remanded without bail.

The former Portuguese U-21 player joined Villarreal in June for a €14m (£12.5m) fee from Sporting Lisbon.

He has played five times since joining the La Liga side, with his last match being a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on 10 December.

Semedo’s agent, Catio Balde, told Portuguese television on Wednesday that his client denied the allegations.

Villarreal said they had opened an investigation.

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