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Asier Illarramendi joins Real Madrid

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Spanish giants Real Madrid have signed midfielder Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad after agreeing to pay the buyout clause in his contract.

The 23-year-old, who helped guide his former Club into next season’s Champions League, is believed to be the long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso in a defensive midfield position.

Illarramendi, who played a key role in the Spain Under-21 squad’s Euro triumph in Israel a few weeks ago, becomes Carlo Ancelotti’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window after the previous capture of Casemiro, Isco and Daniel Carvajal.