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07 Jul 2008
Depor Sport published on Monday that Portuguese defender Z?© Castro was near to be signed. A few hours later Atl?©tico Madrid’s official website confirmed the deal was already done. Canaldeportivo.com hasn’t confirmed the deal as the player’s agent was negotiating in La Coru?±a the last details of the contract, but the operation is considered has done by the media. The Portuguese defender is joining Depor loaned for one year.

On Monday Z?© Castro (25) became the third Depor’s signing for the season 2008/2009 and the second reinforcement arriving from Atl?©tico Madrid after Mista’s signing a few days ago. Sportpaper Marca was the first source that announced the operation as the Madrilenian paper published the news on the past Friday. Depor Sport confirmed on Monday that Deportivo already had an agreement with the player and also with Atl?©tico. Later the official website of the Madrilenian club confirmed the deal.

It was informed by Radio Galicia that the player and his agent - Nuno Patrao- were already in La Coru?±a negotiating the last details of the contract. Depor Sport wrote the issues that delayed the signing were the clauses in the loan contract, more precisely a possible buyout option  for Atl?©tico in case that Deportivo fulfils its own buyout option at the end of the season 2008/2009.

Rumours say that Z?© Castro is arriving on loan for one year and that the Galician club will have the option to buy the defender after the end of the period. The amount of this buyout option seems to be two million euro, while Atl?©tico Madrid was trying to include a second option for the season 2009/2010. In any case, the player the media considers that Z?© Castro is already a Depor’s player.

Nuno Patrao talked before to his journey to La Coru?±a, he talked with newspaper La Opini??n A Coru?±a â€?It’s just a matter of reaching an understanding between both clubs, this related to the buyout option, because the details of the loan are already negotiated. Once they reach an agreement, I will negotiate the contract of the player. I am just waiting for their call, but our intention is to avoid Z?© Castro’s presentation in the first training session of Atl?©tico Madrid (on Wednesday).â€? In the end the agreement was reached and that’s why Patrao and the same Z?© Castro field to La Coru?±a on Monday.

Patrao also said the player is happy to be signing for Deportivo �The player is enchanted with the possibility of been playing for Deportivo, and he’s waiting to see both clubs reaching an agreement and solve the issue of his contract, then we will start to work with Deportivo.�

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