Di Maria completes Madrid move

Angel Di Maria has completed his move to Real Madrid after passing a medical at the Primera Division giants today.

Madrid announced they had reached an agreement with Benfica to sign Di Maria at the end of last month in a deal reportedly worth €25m, but they were forced to wait until Di Maria had returned from the World Cup to complete the deal.

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 Madrid 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 Argentinian side Rosario Central in 2007 and helped the Lisbon-based side to a Portuguese league and cup double last season.

He won the World U-20 Championship with Argentina in 2007 and the following year scored the extra-time winner against Holland in the final of the Olympic Games.

Di Maria will add to the wealth of attacking talent at Madrid, joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Argentina team-mate Gonzalo Higuain as the Spanish giants, under the guidance of new boss Mourinho, look to reclaim the title from Barcelona and make an impact in the Champions League.

Barca pipped their rivals to the Primera Division crown by three points last season, while Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 by Lyon.

More on this topic

Pompey forced into Lawrence rethinkPompey forced into Lawrence rethink

Lazio cool over Santa Cruz

Van der Vaart enraptured by Spurs switch

Hammers see Jacobsen deal approvedHammers see Jacobsen deal approved

More in this Section

Rodgers sure Chilwell and Choudhury have learned lesson after missing sessionRodgers sure Chilwell and Choudhury have learned lesson after missing session

Mercy Mounthawk win electric all-Kerry final to be crowned national championsMercy Mounthawk win electric all-Kerry final to be crowned national champions

Declan Hannon to continue as Limerick captain; Cian Lynch new vice-captainDeclan Hannon to continue as Limerick captain; Cian Lynch new vice-captain

Sheffield United sign Forest left-back Jack RobinsonSheffield United sign Forest left-back Jack Robinson


Lifestyle

Hannah Stephenson has advice on how to care for your garden when wet weather strikesHow to prevent and deal with waterlogging in the garden

The Winter Show, which gets underway in New York this Friday, is a celebration of world cultures, from antiquity to the present.Time travellers are packing their suitcases for New York this week

'We’re far more comfortable talking to our kids about death than we are about sex'Learner Dad: 'The five-year-old can’t wait for our cat to die'

Ireland’s Ancient East provided a range of attractions which sated the appetites of both young and old.One-size-fits-all holiday package to Ireland's Ancient East

More From The Irish Examiner