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Madrid grab Garay from Racing

Published: Tuesday 20 May 2008, 19.02CET
Real Madrid CF have signed defender Ezequiel Garay from Real Racing Club Santander for a fee of around €10m – but have loaned him back to the UEFA Cup qualifiers.
Madrid grab Garay from Racing
Ezequiel Garay has signed for Madrid but will spend next season back at Racing ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 20 May 2008, 19.02CET

Madrid grab Garay from Racing

Real Madrid CF have signed defender Ezequiel Garay from Real Racing Club Santander for a fee of around €10m – but have loaned him back to the UEFA Cup qualifiers.

Real Madrid CF have signed centre-back Ezequiel Garay from Real Racing Club Santander for a reported fee of €10m – but have loaned him back to the UEFA Cup qualifiers for next season.

Goalscoring defender
The 21-year-old, who has been capped once by Argentina, has agreed a six-year deal with the Primera División champions. Garay arrived at Racing during the 2005/06 campaign from CA Newell's Old Boys yet it was his form the following season that alerted Europe's leading clubs – he scored nine goals in 31 league games, including three against Madrid.

European finish
Despite missing the latter part of this term with a knee injury, Garay still played 22 times in the top flight, scoring three goals, as Racing finished sixth to qualify for the UEFA Cup. The set-piece specialist was part of the Argentina team that won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005.

Last updated: 20/05/08 18.32CET

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