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United swoop for Ricardo

Published: Friday 30 August 2002, 17.08CET
Manchester United FC have signed Spanish goalkeeper Ricardo López from Real Valladolid.

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Published: Friday 30 August 2002, 17.08CET

United swoop for Ricardo

Manchester United FC have signed Spanish goalkeeper Ricardo López from Real Valladolid.

Manchester United FC have signed Spanish international goalkeeper Ricardo López from Real Valladolid for €2.3m.

Agreement reached
United announced that the player has signed a three-year contract to join existing first-choice goalkeeper Fabien Barthez, who is currently suffering with a thigh injury, and Northern Ireland international Roy Carroll on the Old Trafford staff.

Too good to be true
For Ricardo, who had a year left to run on his Valladolid contract, the move is almost too good to be true. "It's a lifelong dream," he said.

World Cup call-up
The 30-year-old, who played previously for Club Atlético de Madrid, impressed last season as Valladolid claimed a mid-table berth in the Primera División. He earned a place in former Spain coach José Antonio Camacho's FIFA World Cup squad, but did not feature in the finals in Korea/Japan.

Barthez replacement
United want a long-term replacement for Barthez, whom they bought for €11m from AS Monaco FC in 2000.

Last updated: 30/08/02 17.23CET

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