Real Madrid exercise buyback clause to secure midfielder Casemiro from Porto

Real Madrid have exercised their buyback clause to secure midfielder Casemiro from Porto.  The Brazil international – capped seven times since debuting in 2011 – has spent the 2014/15 season on loan in Portugal, but will be making a swift return to Real Madrid. According to the website of Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di […]

Real Madrid have exercised their buyback clause to secure midfielder Casemiro from Porto. 

The Brazil international – capped seven times since debuting in 2011 – has spent the 2014/15 season on loan in Portugal, but will be making a swift return to Real Madrid.

According to the website of Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Porto had the option to activate their own buyout on Casemiro, but Real responded with a counter clause that allows them to retain him for a set fee, as confirmed by the club.

“Real Madrid C. F. has exercised the option to salvage federative rights on the player Casemiro, after FC Porto stated that his buy back clause had been activated,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

Casemiro was signed by Real Madrid from São Paulo for a reported fee of €6 million in July 2013, after initially joining on loan in January of the same year.

He largely struggled to make an impression in Spain and featured just 26 times for the first-team, as well as making 15 appearances with Real Madrid Castilla.

He was then eventually loaned to Porto in July 2014 and has been an instant hit, managing four goals in 41 appearances.

His form with the Dragões also earned him a recall to the Brazil national team and he is part of the squad that will compete at the 2015 Copa América.

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