Transfer news

Real Madrid confirm Di Maria signing

June 28, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Benfica winger Angel Di Maria on a six-year deal, as new manager Jose Mourinho builds his squad for the new season.

Angel Di Maria
GettyImagesAngel Di Maria is Jose Mourinho's first signing at Real Madrid

Di Maria is currently on international duty with Argentina at the World Cup in South Africa, but will swap the Portuguese league for the Spanish Primera Division once the competition has ended for a fee reported to be in the region of €25 million.

A statement on Madrid's official website read: "Real Madrid and Benfica have reached an agreement for the transfer of Angel di Maria. The player will sign a six-year contract with Real Madrid.''

The 22-year-old won the double with Benfica last season and was named the league's player of the year. He started his career with Rosario Central in Argentina before moving to Benfica in 2007 and is viewed as one of Europe's finest young talents.

Speaking about his move, Di Maria said: "It is an honour to know that Jose Mourinho wants to sign me. It will be very nice to play in the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo and many other stars, but for now I'm focused on the Argentina team."

Argentina coach Diego Maradona had heaped praise on the winger before the tournament, saying: "He is a spectacular player, who is growing day by day. He faces defenders continually and that's what people pay for today in the world. I hope they [Benfica] sell him for €200 million and earn a lot of silver."