Real Madrid sold Diego Llorente to Real Sociedad, who will pay €6M as a transfer fee. Los Blancos have included a buy-back clause for the next three years just in case the full back improve a lot and could return to the Spanish capital.
“Real Sociedad and Real Madrid CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Diego Llorente to the ‘txuri-urdin’ club. Diego Llorente has passed the medical test and this afternoon he signed the contract that will tie him to the club for the next 5 seasons. The Real Sociedad defender will be officially unveiled in the next days and the 7th of July he will start the pre-season with his new colleagues”, the statement says.
— Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) 26 de junio de 2017
Diego Llorente played last season on loan with Málaga CF, scoring 2 goals in 25 games. The previous season he was also on loan at Rayo Vallecano, playing 33 games. Therefore, despite his age, he’s now 23 years old, Diego Llorente has wide experience in La Liga and he even made his debut with the Spanish national team.
He played for Castilla several seasons and a lot of game in Segunda B but he didn’t have many opportunities with Real Madrid first team. For this reason, the decision to leave the club was taken and he could enjoy a lot of minutes in La Liga.
It won’t be easy for Diego Llorente to have space in Real Sociedad line-up. Íñigo Martínez and Raúl Navas are the full back pair for Eusebio Sacristán, Real Sociedad manager, but the team will play European competitions the next season, so there will be plenty of games for everybody.
The defender came back to Madrid last weekend to close the deal with the Basque team. There were some problems in the negotiation but the agreement was reached. At least, Los Blancos have a buy-back clause similar to the one they included in Morata’s agreement with Juventus. In case Diego Llorente shines with Real Sociedad, Los Blancos could bring him back to the Spanish capital.