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Sevilla sign Argentina right-back Gabriel Mercado to help replace Coke

Gabriel Mercado's thumping header proved to be the decisive goal in River Plate's Copa Sudamericana conquest.
Gabriel Mercado has completed his move to Spain with Sevilla.

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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