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Real Madrid veteran will sign a three-year deal with €8m wages with new club

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Earlier today, Real Madrid were dealt with a surprise development as veteran striker Joselu decided to leave the club for Qatari side Al Gharafa.

The 34-year-old had returned to his boyhood club last summer, signing on a season-long loan deal from RCD Espanyol with Los Blancos retaining a €1.5 million purchase option.

Until today, everything suggested that Real Madrid would activate the permanent purchase clause and retain Joselu, but things have changed quite drastically over the past 12 hours or so.

Indeed, as confirmed previously, Joselu is now on his way to Qatar, where he will play for Al Gharafa.

Contract details

Now, El Chiringuito TV has come forward with the details of the contract that the veteran Spaniard will be signing at Al Gharafa as he bids goodbye to Real Madrid.

As per the report, Joselu will be penning a three-year contract with his new club with the move expected to be completed imminently.

Joselu set to bid goodbye to Real Madrid. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Furthermore, it is being claimed that the veteran Spanish international would earn a salary of €8 million net per year.

At this point, it is still unclear as to whether Real Madrid will sign Joselu from Espanyol by exercising the purchase option and then let them leave or if the player will return to the Catalan club and be sold from there directly.

Considering that Joselu was already not a regular starter and was set to face further competition with the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, it is understandable why the player opted to move away.

On top of that, accepting a lucrative payday worth €8 million net per season at this stage of his career makes sense from the forward’s perspective.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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