Villarreal complete signing of Rossi

Spanish side Villarreal have completed their signing of Italy's Giuseppe Rossi from Manchester United on a six-year contract worth £6.7 million.

Speaking at his official unveiling, the 20-year-old said he did not want to replace Uruguay's Diego Forlan - another former Manchester United striker - who has moved on to Atletico Madrid for £14 million.

"I want to create my own place," he said.

Rossi, who scored four times in 14 senior appearances for United since he joined them at the age 16, starred in a loan spell for Serie A outfit Parma last term and his nine goals in 17 matches played a large part in saving the former European Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Cup winners place among the Italian elite.

Parma were keen to sign him on a permanent basis but only came up with a 5.4 million pounds bid which was trumped by Villarreal for a player that was hailed by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as 'the future of the club' last summer when he signed a new contract which would have kept him with the Red Devils until 2010.

Ironically, Rossi's last start for United was in the final game of the 2005-06 campaign, when he was preferred to Ruud van Nistelrooy, a decision which effectively ended the Dutchman's Old Trafford career and saw him also depart for Spain to Real Madrid.