Young Spanish battler makes Bernabeu move.
Real Madrid have completed a £33.6m deal to sign Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi who is seen as a possible long term replacement for Xabi Alonso according to the Guardian.
The young Spaniard has moved to the Bernabeu following a very impressive series of displays at the European Under 21 Championships this summer and the 23 year old becomes the first high profile signing of Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure at the La Liga side.
Real Madrid had already brought in Daniel Carvajal, Isco and Casemiro prior to the former PSG manager’s arrival and the signing of Illarramendi may well lead to speculation as to Alonso’s short term future.
The 31 year old former Liverpool man has just a year to run on his current contract and has thus far rejected calls to sign a new deal and the arrival of the Real Sociedad man could leave Xabi Alonso considering his options.
A statement on the Real Madrid website read;
“Real Madrid have signed Asier Illarramendi, who is now tied to the club for the next six seasons. The player will be presented tomorrow after undergoing the relevant medical tests.”
Illarramendi helped his Basque side to secure a Champions League berth last term, making 32 starts for Real Sociedad and the talented midfielder may well see a high profile move to Real Madrid help secure his first full senior national team cap.