Madrid reward for Mejía

Real Madrid CF have extended the contract of promising defender Álvaro Mejía until 2010.

Youth graduate
The 22-year-old, who graduated from the club's youth programme, broke into the first team at the start of this year and since then has made eight appearances in the league and three in the UEFA Champions League.

Five-year extension
He had a year to run on his previous contract prior to agreeing this five-year extension. Meanwhile, Madrid confirmed today that the €25m Argentina defender Walter Samuel will sign a five-year contract with the club in July provided he passes a medical on his return from the Copa América.