Depor seal double deal
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Deportivo have completed the double signing of Rodolfo Bodipo and Cristian.
Deportivo La Coruna have completed the double signing of Rodolfo Bodipo from Alaves and Cristian from Barcelona as their summer rebuilding programme continues.
Bodipo has agreed a five-year deal, with the option for an extra two seasons, and he could not hide his delight at moving to the Riazor.
"I am moving here with a great desire and energy to do well," the Guinea international said. "I want to improve as a football player at Deportivo."
The deal to capture Bodipo was complicated as Alaves president Dmitri Piterman was on holiday in the United States, but a é¼2 million (£1.5 million) deal has been sealed.
"At last we can announce that we have signed him after lengthy negotiations with Alaves that were complicated by the fact that Piterman was in California," explained Depor president Augusto Lendoiro.
The Galician club have also captured Cristian on a free transfer from Barcelona as coach Joaquin Caparros was keen to bolster his attacking options.
The 22-year-old made his first team debut for Frank Rijkard's side last season in the Copa Del Rey after coming through the youth ranks at Camp Nou.
Depor have already had a busy few weeks as they have signed Riki from Getafe, Pablo Alvarez from Sporting Gijon, Juan Rodriguez from Malaga and Albert Lopo from Espanyol.
The club have also released Cesar, Romero, Jose Molina and Jesus Munoz.
Meanwhile, Juanma has undergone stomach surgery in a bid to clear up a long-standing problem.
The former Racing Santander defender is expected to be sidelined for two months with the injury and will miss Depor's pre-season training.