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David Alaba PHOTO: Reuters
Argentina’s player Rodrigo De Paul trains during a practice session in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 1, 2019, on the eve of the Copa America tournament semi-final football match between Argentina and Brazil. (Photo by Luis Acosta / AFP)
Erik Lamela Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images
Lionel Messi may have departed, Sergio Ramos too, but new faces have arrived in Spain in time for the start of the new season this weekend.
AFP Sport picks out five signings to watch in La Liga in 2021/22:
David Alaba (Real Madrid)
The 29-year-old penned a five-year deal having opted to leave Bayern at the end of a glittering 11-year spell in the German giants’ first team.
Alaba, who will wear the number four jersey vacated by Ramos, can play at left-back and in midfield but expect the Austrian to start in central defence in Carlo Ancelotti’s team as they seek to reclaim the title from city rivals Atletico.
Memphis Depay (Barcelona)
The 27-year-old Dutchman has the personality to make an impact at a super club, even if his spell at Manchester United between 2015 and 2017 was a disappointment.
At Lyon he was a prolific goal-scorer, including netting 20 times in Ligue 1 last season, and now he is reunited with Ronald Koeman, his former coach at international level, after signing a two-year contract. He marked his arrival with a goal in a 3-0 friendly win over Juventus last weekend.
Barca were told they could not register any new signings until they had complied with La Liga’s strict salary cap rules — the reason they had to let Messi go — but they were confident of being able to field Depay from the off.
Sergio Aguero (Barcelona)
Aguero has starred in La Liga before, joining Atletico Madrid as a teenager and scoring over 100 goals for them over five seasons before moving to City in 2011.
Rodrigo de Paul (Atletico Madrid)
De Paul started his career at Argentine giants Racing, where Simeone used to play and coach, before moving to Europe in 2014 when he signed for Valencia. After two seasons there he left for Italy. Now back in Spain, he will add further depth to a midfield already featuring the likes of Koke, Saul Niguez, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Hector Herrera.
Erik Lamela (Sevilla)
Lamela spent eight years at Spurs after joining in 2013 following Gareth Bale’s move from north London to Real Madrid. However he was rarely a regular starter, often struggling with injuries.
Now he will hope to play a key role for Julen Lopetegui’s side, who will be in the Champions League group stage and will hope to compete for the title.
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