Valencia sign Real stalwart
Valencia have signed experienced defender Ivan Helguera from Real Madrid.
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 29/07/07 5:04pm
Valencia have signed experienced defender Ivan Helguera from Primera Liga rivals Real Madrid.
The Spanish champions have allowed the centre-half to leave the Bernabeu after eight years, and over 250 appearances for the club.
Helguera was not part of new coach Bernd Schuster's plans, particularly following the signings of Christoph Metzelder and Pepe.
The 32-year-old has signed a three-year contract with Valencia and will replace another wise head in the guise of Roberto Ayala, who has now joined Real Zaragoza.
Meanwhile, Valencia have allowed David Navarro to spend the upcoming season on loan at Mallorca.
Navarro is suspended until September for his part in the brawl which marred Valencia's UEFA Champions League tie with Internazionale in March.
Though he will spend the entire campaign on loan at Mallorca, there is no option for the deal to be made permanent.