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Senna leaves Villarreal for Cosmos

Former Spain international midfielder Marcos Senna has left Villarreal for a move to the United States - but he will not be playing in Major League Soccer.

Instead, Senna has chosen a switch to the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.

Senna leaves Villarreal after spending the past 11 seasons with the club, exiting as the all-time appearance leader with 363 games played in all competitions.

"This is a very special moment for me in joining the Cosmos because I face a new challenge, but at the same time it has been a difficult decision to leave Villarreal after 11 seasons," said Senna.

Senna turns 37 next month and has battled knee injuries over the course of his career, but he was still fit enough to make 33 appearances for the Yellow Submarine last term in helping the club gain promotion back to La Liga after being relegated the previous season.