Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Arbeloa Completes Real Switch

Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa is joining Real Madrid on a five-year contract from Liverpool.
The 26-year-old Arbeloa passed a medical Wednesday in Madrid before completing his 3.5 million-pound ($5.7 million) transfer from the Premier League club.

"The results of every test are very satisfactory,'' Dr. Carlos Diez said. "He is delighted about playing for Real Madrid. It's always been his dream. He can't wait to join his teammates.''
Arbeloa becomes the club's seventh offseason signing, after Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema, Raul Albiol, Alvaro Negredo and Esteban Granero.
"Arbeloa's versatility allows him to play anywhere in defense,'' Madrid said on its Web site. "He is a very regular and consistent player who thrives in one-on-ones.''
Arbeloa, who was part of the Spain squad that won the 2008 European championship, was with Madrid as a youth player before moving to Deportivo La Coruna in 2006 and then on to Liverpool six months later.
The right back was in the final year of his Liverpool contract, having moved to Anfield for 2.6 million pounds in January 2007. He played 99 games for the English club and scored two goals.

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