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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 30, 2008

Getafe set to sign Madrid striker Soldado

GETAFE, July 30 (Primera Liga) - Getafe have reached an agreement to sign Real Madrid striker Roberto Soldado.

A statement on Getafe's official website confirmed the deal, with the player set to pen a four-year contract after a medical.

Soldado, who made only five league appearances for Madrid last season, admitted he was sad to leave the Bernabeu but eager for more first-team opportunities.

'Finally they reached an agreement with Getafe and I am very happy,' he told Madrid's official website.

'After quite a bad year, I am leaving happy because I learnt a lot at this club whom I owe very much to, especially to the fans who have showed during these eight years the affection they have towards the youth team players and towards me.

'I learnt a lot from them, they formed me as a person and as a player.

'I'm leaving with a lot of joy but also sadness having been at this club for eight years. It's clear that I'll always keep Real Madrid in my heart.

'They were eight really good years where I learnt a lot. My family were also able to benefit from seeing me play for Real Madrid, which is what I had dreamed of since I was little.

'Now I am beginning another new challenge in Getafe, where I hope to gain a lot from the people that are there, and with humility above all, to do some good work and get as high as possible.

'What I want is to play. I'm 23 and my dream is to play every minute possible and get into the national team, and here at Real Madrid it's very difficult.'

Soldado signed a new five-year contract with Real in 2007 following an impressive season-long loan at Osasuna.

Real are set to receive around four million euros for the Spain international, who has two caps for his country.

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