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11 Stars Who Left Real For The EPL

Arsenal completed the loan signing of Dani Ceballos on Thursday, but the Spanish midfielder is not the first player to leave Real Madrid for the Premier League. Here are 11 of the best footballers who made similar moves, including a two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner.

Click through the gallery above to see 11 players who left Real for the Premier League.

Ceballos' move to Arsenal saw him become the latest player from Los Blancos to join a Premier League club, and the London club has been a favoured destination for former Real stars.

Mesut Ozil became the most expensive German footballer of all time when he traded Madrid for the Gunners in 2013, and has since made more than 200 appearances for the club. Julio Baptista made the same trip in 2006, although the former Brazil forward spent only one solitary season with Arsenal.

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Chelsea have also welcomed a number of stars from Real, and recently completed the permanent signing of Mateo Kovacic on a five-year deal. The Croatia international spent last season on loan at the Blues, where he played an important role in the club's Uefa Europa League success.

Stamford Bridge was also home to one of Africa's brightest talents following Geremi's arrival from Real in 2003. The two-time Afcon winner also enjoyed spells with Middlesbrough and Newcastle. 

Perhaps the biggest name to leave Real for the Premier League is Robinho. The Brazilian forward became the poster boy of Manchester City's revival when he joined for a fee of €42 million (R662 million) in 2008.

Read: Official: Arsenal Confirm Signing Of Real Star

Robinho ultimately proved to be a disappointment in Manchester, however, scoring just 16 goals in 53 appearances for City before being shipped off to AC Milan. Now 35, the former superstar currently plies his trade in Turkey – to view the complete list, click through the gallery above!

Who is the best former Real star to play in the Premier League? Let us have your thoughts by commenting below.

 

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