Batalla to join Real Madrid, confirm River Plate

The Argentina Under-20 international will leave his native country for the European champions at the end of the 2014-15 campaign

River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio has confirmed that promising goalkeeper Augusto Batalla will leave the club for Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The Champions League holders already attempted to sign the 18-year-old in January, but eventually failed to complete the deal before the transfer window slammed shut.

Nevertheless, Batalla will now make the move to Madrid after all on a one-year loan deal, with the option to make the move permanent for a set fee.

“The contract hasn’t been signed yet but in June, Batalla will go to Real Madrid on a one-year loan, with an option to buy for a large sum,” D’Onofrio told reporters.

Batalla will start his Madrid career with the club’s Castilla team, but will be allowed to train with the first team on a regular basis, much like Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard.

The promising goalkeeper has been capped at Under-20 level for Argentina, but has yet to make his first-team debut for River Plate.

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