Brahim Diaz joins Real Madrid in deal worth initial £15.5m
By Ric Turner, Mon 07 January 2019 14:40
Spanish youngster signs six-and-a-half year deal at the Bernabeu
Brahim Diaz has completed a £15.5m move to Real Madrid, and was presented to the Spanish media on Monday. The youngster signed a six-and-a-half year deal which will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025. It is thought the deal could be worth as much as £22m to City eventually with add-ons, and includes a 15% sell on fee (which rises to 40% should he join Manchester United).
Diaz joined City from Malaga in 2015, and went on to make 15 appearances for the club, scoring two goals in a 2-0 victory against Fulham in the EFL Cup earlier this season. The club were understood to be keen to extend the player's contract, which was due to expire in the summer, but Madrid swooped to clinch a deal for the highled regarded forward.
In a statement posted to his official Instagram account, Diaz paid tribute to City and their fans.
“Today, I close a chapter of my life and I say goodbye to Manchester City, the club where I have grown. I came here being a kid and now I am a professional footballer.
“Thank you to all the managers in the club, from the academy to the first team, for believing in me because they taught me not only to be a better player, but a better person. Thank you to all the backroom staff and the medical services. Thank you to everyone involved in the offices working to make this club improve every day. Thank you to my teammates. And thank you, of course, to every single Manchester City supporter. I will never forget having my name chanted from the stands the night we beat Fulham in the League Cup.”