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Football Briefs: Real Madrid sign Spain full back Odriozola

July 06, 2018 12:20 IST

IMAGE: Alvaro Odriozola, left, trains with his Spain teammates Marcos Alonso and Diego Costa. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid have signed Spain right-back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad on a contract until 2024, the European champions said on Thursday.

"Real Madrid C. F. and Real Sociedad have agreed the transfer of Alvaro Odriozola, subject to a medical," the club said in a statement on its official website.

 

"The player has signed a contract with the club for the next six seasons."

The signing of the 22-year-old follows Madrid's recent trend in hoovering up young Spanish talent, having signed Isco and Asier Illarramendi in 2013, Marco Asensio in 2014, Jesus Vallejo in 2015 and Dani Ceballos last year.

Odriozola was called up to the Spanish national team by Julen Lopetegui, his new coach at Real who was sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup for the manner in which he had negotiated his move to Real.

Odriozola has been capped four times for Spain, scoring once. He was part of the Spain squad for the 2018 World Cup but did not make an appearance.

Watford sign Foster on two-year deal from West Brom

IMAGE: Ben Foster was one of West Brom's better players in a dismal 2017-18 campaign which saw them finish bottom of the league table on 31 points. Photograph: Jason Cairnduf/Reuters

Watford have signed goalkeeper Ben Foster from Championship side West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal with an option over an additional 12 months, the Premier League club has said.

The former England shot-stopper is no stranger to Vicarage Road, having made 81 appearances in two seasons while on loan from Manchester United, and was instrumental in the Watford's promotion to the Premier League in 2006.

"Not many clubs I'd have looked forward to signing for, but Watford FC have always had a special place in my life, can't wait to get going again," Foster wrote on Twitter.

The 35-year-old spent seven years at the Hawthorns, making 223 appearances in all competitions, and was one of West Brom's better players in a dismal 2017/18 campaign which saw them finish bottom of the league table on 31 points.

Foster becomes Watford's sixth signing of the close-season, after midfielder Ken Sema joined from Swedish side Ostersunds on Thursday.

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