Official: Real's First 2017/18 Departure Revealed
Official: Real Madrid's First Departure 2017/18 Revealed
With the likes of James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata having been linked with exits from Real Madrid, the club's first departure of the transfer window has now been revealed.
Zinedine Zidane's side have been quiet in the transfer window so far, but things seem to be heating up soon.
The first player on the coach's exit list is Diego Llorente. Having come through the club's youth academy, the 23-year-old, who has spent most of his senior career out on loan and only made three first team appearances for Los Blancos, has joined Real Sociedad.
"Real Sociedad and Real Madrid CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Diego Llorente," a statement on Sociedad's website read.
"Diego Llorente has already passed medical examination and this afternoon he has signed the contract that will join the Sociedad during the next 5 seasons.
"The defender will be officially presented in coming dates and will start the pre-season with his new teammates on 7 July."
Llorente spent the 2016/17 on loan at Malaga, making 27 appearances.
"Maybe the stability of a long-term contract after two loans (is a positive)," he said, as quoted by ESPN.
"I believe I have picked up enough experience to take on important challenges now.
"The challenge offered to me here is very attractive, and I am very excited about taking it on.
"I am very happy that a club like La Real has shown an interest in me. When I heard about it I did not think twice, and I believe it has been a very good decision."
According to Transfermarkt, Llorente will join Sociedad for a fee of €6 million (R87 million).
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