Defender Ibanez joins Baggies

West Bromwich Albion have begun shaping their squad for life back in the Premier League after snapping up Spanish defender Pablo Ibanez on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Baggies after leaving Atletico Madrid following the end of his contract.

Ibanez has won 23 caps for Spain and featured in the last World Cup finals in Germany.

"Pablo comes with bags of experience at the highest level, having been a regular fixture in La Liga for the past seven seasons," manager Roberto Di Matteo told the club's official website.

"He's also played in the Champions League for Atletico and the World Cup for Spain, so the Premier League should hold no fears for him.

"He will bring a physical presence to our defence and his arrival will create real competition at centre-half."

Ibanez made just seven La Liga appearances for Atletico last season after falling down the pecking order following Quique Sanchez Flores' arrival as head coach midway through the campaign.

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