Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Federico Valverde from Uruguayan side Club Atletico Penarol.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Perez admitted he had just closed the deal that will bring the promising footballer to Madrid, although he will not arrive until next summer.
“He is only 17 years old and we cannot bring him until he is 18, but when he reaches that age he will be here,” Perez explained.
The Uruguayan will come of age on July 22th next year, so that’s the date when he is expected to move to Madrid. Until then, he will keep playing for Penarol, where he has already made his professional debut.
Valverde is a talented playmaker who has made a great impression in Uruguay. He has played regularly for Uruguay’s national youth teams. In fact, he is currently the captain of the Under-18 squad.
Los Blancos want him to join Real Madrid Castilla next year so he can start adapting to European football.
Florentino Perez and Los Blancos are focusing on youth and keep working hard to sign youngsters with a bright future ahead. This year he has brought Martin Odegaard, Marco Asensio, Jesús Vallejo and now Valverde.