Bender joins, as Essien deal falls apart
Real Madrid have announced the signing of German midfielder Lars Bender from Bayer Leverkusen, for a fee of £17.75 million.
The move comes after Real Madrid's Director of Football, Miguel Pardeza
, failed in his attempt to sign Chelsea's Michael Essien, who plays in the same position as Bender, on loan. Essien spent last season on loan at the Santiago Bernabéu, and Ruud van Nistelrooy clearly felt the Ghanaian midfielder could do a decent job. However, the return of José Mourinho, who left Real Madrid at the end of last season, has disrupted the transfer, and the offer was rejected.
So the Dutch manager turned his attention towards the 24 year old German midfielder, with a backup target lined up in the shape of Bender's brother, Sven, who plays for Borussia Dortmund. Bender will be earning around £78,000 per week at Real Madrid, and fans of Los Blancos are happy with the new signing, who will be hoping to prove himself instantly in his first season in the Spanish league.