Di Maria seals Real move
Angel Di Maria has completed his move to Real Madrid after passing a medical today. Los Merengues announced they had reached an agreement with Benfica to sign the winger at the end of last month, in a deal reportedly worth €25m, but they were forced to wait until the player had returned from the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ to complete the deal.
And, following Argentina's exit at the hands of Germany in the quarter-finals, the 22-year-old has now penned a six-year deal at the Bernabeu. "The player is in perfect condition to make himself available to Jose Mourinho," said Real medical chief Carlos Diez.
"He is a very lean and complete player. We proceeded, as always, to carry out the medical according to protocol. We performed all kinds of studies including x-rays, a bone density exam, a cardiorespiratory exam and a complete blood analysis.
"The results show that he is in perfect health and readily available for the coach. Every exam came back normal, which is a great sign. He now needs some time to rest having played in the World Cup, and at a later date he will join the team for pre-season training."
Di Maria joined Benfica from Rosario Central in 2007, and helped the Lisbon giants to a Portuguese league and cup double last season. He won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with Argentina in 2007 and the following year scored the winner against Nigeria in the final of the Men's Olympic Football Tournament.
Di Maria will add to the wealth of attacking talent at Real, joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Argentina team-mate Gonzalo Higuain as the Spanish giants.