Liga - Valencia agree to sign Mali midfielder Keita

Valencia have agreed to sign Mali midfielder Seydou Keita from China's Dalian Aerbin on a contract until the end of June with an option for one more season, the La Liga club said on Wednesday.

Liga - Valencia agree to sign Mali midfielder Keita

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Mali's captain Seydou Keita (12) dribbles the ball away from Nigeria's Sunday Mba during their African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2013) semi-final soccer match at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, February 6, 2013 (Reuters)

The deal for the 34-year-old, who played for several French sides before joining Sevilla and then spent four trophy-filled years at Barcelona, is subject to a medical, Valencia said on their website.

A rangy defensive midfielder who is powerful in the air and has a keen eye for goal, Keita left Barca in July 2012 following the departure of coach Pep Guardiola, with whom he had a close relationship.

Guardiola, who is now at Bayern Munich, used Keita almost exclusively as a substitute and he helped Barca win three Spanish leagues, two Champions Leagues and two King's Cups.

He will give Valencia an extra option in midfield for their Europa League campaign - they play Dynamo Kiev in the last 32 next month - and as they seek to secure a place in Europe again for next season.

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