Soccer

Albiol signs for Napoli

2013-07-21 14:22
Raul Albiol (Getty Images)

Naples - Napoli have agreed to buy Spain centre back Raul Albiol from Real Madrid, the Serie A club said on Sunday.

"The 27-year-old Spanish defender arrives from Real Madrid and has signed a four-year contract," Napoli said on their website.

No financial details of the transfer were given but Italian media reported that the player had cost Napoli some €12 million.

Napoli are looking to strengthen their squad for their domestic and Champions League campaigns and had a large pot of cash to spend after agreeing the sale of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani to Paris St Germain for a reported fee of €64 million on Tuesday.

Albiol, a product of Valencia's youth academy where he mainly played as a midfielder, made his debut with the east coast club in September 2003 under new Napoli coach Rafa Benitez.

He had a brief stint at Getafe before joining Real in 2009 but has spent much of his time in the capital on the bench.

Despite his lack of playing time at club level, he kept his place in the Spain squad through the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and has made 40 appearances for the world and European champions.

Albiol's former Real team mate Jose Callejon joined Napoli last week and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Wednesday they were also chasing Real's Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain.

Read more on:    napoli  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Will Shakes Mashaba ensure Bafana Bafana qualify for AFCON 2015?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.