Lacen leaves Alavés for Racing

Real Racing Club Santander have reached an agreement with second division Deportivo Alavés for the transfer of French right-sided midfielder Mehdi Lacen.

Mehdi Lacen in La Liga action in 2006
Mehdi Lacen in La Liga action in 2006 ©Getty Images

UEFA Cup test
The 24-year-old Frenchman tarted training with his new team under Juan Ramón López Muñiz on Wednesday, and has now signed a three-year contract with Santander, who will start their UEFA Cup campaign in the first round after finishing sixth in the Liga in 2007/08. Lacen first moved to Spain to join Alavés in 2005, and played 86 league games for the club. He joins fellow newcomers László Sepsi, Jonathan Pereira and Zé António at Racing.