Asier Illarramendi is off to the capital of Spain as Real Madrid activate his buy-out clause of £34 million.
The 23-year-old Spanish midfielder has agreed a six-year contract with los Blancos and is seen as Xabi Alonso’s replacement. Xabi Alonso is rumoured to be on his way out and Illarramendi could be either a short time replacement or a long time replacement.
“I thought long and hard with the people around me, and I came to the conclusion that it was a unique offer and opportunity, one I couldn’t refuse.
“I will give my all in all the training sessions, and if I play I will give my all then, too. I love Sociedad, but a decision had to be taken – and, of course, Real Madrid excites me too.” He said during an emotional press conference.
Illarramendi had a great last season making 34 appearances and helping Real Sociedad to a fourth-placed finish.