Reds pull off Spanish double

01 February 2007 08:25
Liverpool completed the double deal to land Spanish duo Alvaro Arbeloa and Francisco Manuel Duran before the closure of the transfer window. Deportivo La Coruna right-back Arbeloa is believed to have cost the Reds £2.5million, while Duran has been signed on a free transfer as the teenager did not have a professional contact with Spanish second division side Malaga. Arbeloa, 24, joined Depor from Real Madrid last summer and admitted his surprise that a move to Anfield materialised so quickly. "Until Tuesday I wasn't sure whether I was going to leave or not," Arbeloa told the club's official website. "My agent told me the deal was very advanced and I was then told that the deal had been reached between both clubs. "For me this is a beautiful challenge and I hope everything goes well. It's a huge leap for me." Meanwhile, Duran is relishing the prospect of working under Reds boss Rafael Benitez. "It's a unique opportunity and I couldn't let it go by," he added. "I have spoken with Rafa Benitez and I believe that this is the best option for me. "To play for Liverpool is a dream for me and now I only desire to fight to play finally for the club."

Source: ESA