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Real Madrid defender Diego Llorente joins Real Sociedad

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Real Sociedad have confirmed that they have signed Spanish defender Diego Llorente from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.

The fee has been kept undisclosed but is reported to be around€7 millon. A product of Real Madrid’s youth set-up, Diego couldn’t establish himself in the first team, making only two appearances as a substitute in 2013.

He spent the last two seasons on loan to Rayo Vallecano and Málaga respectively, where he earned the much awaited regular first-team action.

Speaking in an interview with Real Sociedad TV, the club’s official TV channel, Llorente said:

“Everything I have heard about San Sebastian has been very good,”
“I’m very happy that a club like Real Sociedad have shown an interest in me.”
“Real Sociedad has a very good reputation – both in Spain and in Europe.”

The 23-year-old made his Spain debut in May last year in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The club further confirmed that Diego will be officially unveiled as a La Real player on a latter date and will join the rest of the squad on July 7 as they start preparations for the new La Liga campaign.