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La Liga 2011 Transfers: Real sell off Leon, Gago, Drenthe; Barcelona give away Hleb

Real Madrid and Barcelona have given away some of the players they wouldn’t want in the upcoming season. Real Madrid have sold off the trio of Pedro Leon, Fernando Gago and Royston Drenthe while Barcelona have loaned off midfielder Aleksandr Hleb to VfL Wolfsburg for the one year.

According to the Barcelona director Josep Maria Bartomeu, Hleb had an issue with his hip injury and may not join his new club before October this year.

Leon has been loaned away to Getafe, which is his former club for a season at least. There could be a chance of buying him back at the end of the season, after he had featured for the Getafe side in 2009-2010. Later, he joined Real Madrid for a reported fee of about €10 million, but got only six opportunities to play in the previous season for Real Madrid and scored a solitary goal in them.

Interestingly, Real Madrid will take on Getafe on Saturday in their first home league match of the season.

Gago, who had come into the Real Madrid side after having played for Boca Juniors in 2007, did not get too many opportunities playing for Real Madrid once Mourinho became the manager. According to him, Real Madrid and Italian club AS Roma have signed on the dotted line a one season-loan.

Drenthe, on the other hand, has got into a long-term deal with the EPL side of Everton and will join them. He had joined Real in 2007 after having played for Feyenoord and having won the under-21 World Cup for the Dutch team, but failed to hold on to his place in the playing eleven for Real Madrid. There was a season of loan that he was on last year with Hercules but the issues came to fold when he refused to play for them till the club paid his dues.

Hleb has had injury issues in the past as well and that has been the reason why he has not been a part of the Barcelona side for the two seasons that he was there. He played for Stuttgart and Birmingham City in those seasons before now being given away again to Vfl Wolfsburg.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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