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APOEL praised over ‘move for Rueda’

The imminent signing of Spanish defender Jesus Rueda by APOEL has sparked interest from Israel – with the 30-year-old having impressed this season at Beitar Jerusalem.

In an interview with Goal News, Yedioth Ahronoth sports reporter Ori Cooper said the signing of Rueda was bound to help Thomas Christiansen’s side who will be seeking to book their place in the Champions League group stages for a fifth time this summer.

“Rueda was one of the best defenders in the league this season. He had some ups and downs, but generally he did great…He is quite strong and can also dribble. He is decent in the air, but not so fast but still quite skilful for a defender.”

Cooper added: “He will do well at APOEL but they shouldn’t bank on him to change the entire defence. He will be a useful option and will add depth.”

Rueda was rated as one of the best defenders in the Israel league this season with APOEL officials keen to bolster their backline following rumours that Inaki Astiz is on the way out while January signing Cedric Yambere has failed to pin a regular place in Thomas Christiansen’s starting XI.

APOEL, who are also in the Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup final where they will face Apollon Limassol on May 24, will celebrate their record 26th league title triumph against Apollon at the GSP Stadium on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Rueda spent seven years at La Liga club Valladolid before moving to Israeli Premier League – where he emerged as one of their top players.

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