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New star for Real Madrid

By EuropeanFootballNews.co.uk
December 1 2006

Real Madrid have agreed terms with Boca Jrs. over the transfer of the 20-year-old star Fernando Gago. After long negotiations, Madrid officials decided to meet Boca’s demands and placed the final offer at over 20 million euros. The talented midfielder will join the White House in January. More than two months of rumours, media talk, interviews and expectancy have found an end as the transfer of Fernando Gago to Real Madrid has now been materialized.

The classy midfielder, who is often compared to the former Madrid star Fernando Redondo, was very anxious about the move and always claimed that playing for Los Merengues would be a dream come true. His agent also expressed the desire to close the operation as soon as possible, as he stated that Real Madrid can’t be denied from taking Gago in January.

This is a reference to the obstacles that Boca Jrs. president Mauricio Macri put in the negotiations. He knew full well that a move to Real Madrid couldn’t be avoided, but he wanted to keep the star until next June so he could play the Libertadores Cup with Boca.

In order to let him go this January, Boca wanted more money, and since Real chairman Ramón Calderón wanted the transfer done by the end of the week, Real met Macri’s demands and the final fee will leave Boca with 20 million euros without deductions.

Meanwhile, Gago and Madrid had already reached a contract agreement long ago. The player will receive 1 million euros per season for five years.

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