Sevilla sign Argentina right-back Gabriel Mercado to help replace Coke
Sevilla completed the signing of Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado from River Plate on Thursday.
Mercado, 29, was Argentina's first-choice right-back during the Copa America this summer and played all 120 minutes in their defeat on penalties to Chile in the final.
He moves to the Spanish club for a reported fee of €2.5 million as a replacement for their former captain, Coke, who sealed a move to Schalke earlier this week.
Mercado signed a three-year deal tying him to the club until 2019, with River retaining the rights to 20 percent of any sell-on transfers.
"Everything has happened so fast and I am feeling very anxious," he told reporters. "This is my first day, I passed my medical, signed the contract and this will be my first training.
"After that, I will find out which shirt is mine and I will put it away as a keepsake."
The defender started his career at Racing before moving to Estudiantes in 2010 and on to River Plate two years later.
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