- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MADRID (AP) - Colombia striker Carlos Bacca joined Spanish club Villarreal on loan from AC Milan on Wednesday.

Villarreal said the one-season loan agreement includes the option to buy the player at the end of the season.

Bacca returns to a Spanish league where the 30-year-old forward flourished in two seasons at Sevilla before joining Milan in 2015

Bacca has made 39 appearances for Colombia, scoring 13 goals. According to Villarreal, he has scored 165 career goals in 336 matches. He scored 14 goals for Milan last season.

Elsewhere in Spain, Las Palmas announced that Kevin-Prince Boateng was leaving the club after both sides agreed to end his contract two days before its season opener.

Las Palmas said that Boateng was leaving due to “personal reasons of an irreversible nature.” The club thanked the former AC Milan standout for his “professionalism” that he displayed during his single season on the Canary Islands. He scored 10 goals for the club last campaign.

Boateng said he was leaving “because I miss my family.”

“It’s not a decision based on sports,” he told a news conference. “For a father it is very difficult to be so far from one’s child and wife. Family comes first.”

Las Palmas opens the Spanish league season on Friday at Valencia.


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