Transfer news

Getafe snap up Real starlet Sarabia

July 3, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Getafe have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Real Madrid winger Pablo Sarabia on a five-year deal, though Los Blancos will retain a buy-back option for the teenager.

Pablo Sarabia Real Madrid
GettyImagesPablo Sarabia made his Real Madrid debut in the Champions League last season

Sarabia, 19, made his debut for Real last December and impressed in a 20-minute cameo against Auxerre in the Champions League after coming on as a substiute for Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the strength and depth of Real's squad meant the midfielder, who has represented Spain at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level was unable to add to that single appearance in 2010-11.

Neither club has confirmed the fee but reports in Spain last week suggested Getafe were willing to pay €3 million for Sarabia, who follows a well-trodden path from the Bernabeu to Coliseum Alfonso Perez, with Ruben de la Red, Esteban Granero and Dani Parejo all having made the move in recent years.

A graduate of the Real youth academy, Sarabia will be expecting significantly more first-team opportuinities under Luis Garcia at Getafe, who narrowly avoided relegtaion from La Liga Last season.