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Eagles swoop for Spain starlet Rodrigo

Published: Friday 6 August 2010, 15.15CET
A week after scoring for Spain in the UEFA European U19 Championship final, promising forward Rodrigo sealed his transfer from Real Madrid CF to Portuguese champions SL Benfica.
Eagles swoop for Spain starlet Rodrigo
Rodrigo celebrates after breaking the deadlock for Spain against France last week ©Sportsfile
 
 
 
Published: Friday 6 August 2010, 15.15CET

Eagles swoop for Spain starlet Rodrigo

A week after scoring for Spain in the UEFA European U19 Championship final, promising forward Rodrigo sealed his transfer from Real Madrid CF to Portuguese champions SL Benfica.

Portuguese champions SL Benfica have confirmed the signing of Spain Under-19 forward Rodrigo on a five-year contract from Real Madrid CF.

The 19-year-old travelled to Lisbon at the start of this week and was officially presented in Lisbon today, after Benfica agreed an undisclosed transfer fee with Madrid. The Brazil-born teenager, who never played in the Merengues' first team, scored Spain's goal in their UEFA European Under-19 Championship final defeat by France seven days ago.

Speaking about the transfer, Rodrigo, who made a big impact in the youth teams at the Santiago Bernabéu, said: "It's a great moment to be joining such a big club. I am very happy with the club as they have high hopes in me and I am looking forward to meeting those expectations. I hope I can show my value on the pitch."

Last updated: 06/08/10 16.34CET

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