ZARAGOZA, September 2 (Primera Liga) - Real Zaragoza have confirmed they have allowed Spain international Sergio Garcia to join Real Betis.
Garcia, who was a member of Spain's successful Euro 2008 squad this summer, had been linked to a number of clubs following Zaragoza's relegation but it is Betis who have won the race for his signature.
The 25-year-old started his career with Barcelona but, despite a prolific record as a youth, made only a handful of appearances for the Catalan giants before kick-starting his career at Levante, with whom he played one season before joining Zaragoza in 2005.
Betis made clear their intentions to sign the 10million euro-rated Garcia on Saturday night, with club supremo Manuel Ruiz de Lopera assuring: 'The signing of Sergio Garcia will not be dependant on the sale of any player.'
Segunda Division side Zaragoza confirmed the deal in a statement on their website, along with the signing of two players and the departures of three others.
'Real Zaragoza have paid the buy-out clause of Racing Santander player Jorge Lopez and have signed the goalkeeper Toni Doblas on a free,' the statement read.
'Also, Real Zaragoza have transferred Diego Milito to Genoa, Sergio Garcia to Betis, Adrian Ripa to Huesca and Peter Luccin to Racing Santander, after reaching satisfactory agreements for all parties.'