River Plate president confirms Real Madrid loan for hot prospect

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River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has confirmed that goalkeeper Augusto Batalla will join Real Madrid on a season-long loan in 2015/16.

River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has confirmed that goalkeeper Augusto Batalla will join Real Madrid on a season-long loan for the 2015/16 season with an option to buy.

Following their recent 1-1 Copa Libertadores draw with Juan Aurich, D'Onofrio confirmed on the club’s official website that the 18-year-old would be joining Real Madrid this summer, despite not having made his official debut after being promoted to the first team less than a year ago.

He said: "The contract hasn't been signed yet, but in June, Batalla will go and spend a year with Real Madrid, with a very high option to buy.

"I spoke with Batalla when he returned from Argentina U-20 duty. He's a great goalkeeper and an even better person. He's shown that he can be a River Plate player, but unfortunately we have two goalkeepers ahead of him.

"He loves River, but we granted his wish to try his luck with Real Madrid. This opportunity doesn't happen to everyone and we aren't going to hold any player against their will."

It is believed that Batalla will begin with the Real Madrid reserve team and work under manager Zinedine Zidane, while also training with the first team.

Despite not having made his debut for River Plate, the Argentine U-20 stopper is considered to be one of the brightest young stars in world football, which can be seen by Real Madrid's willingness to take him on for a year before signing him for a sizeable transfer fee.

Batalla was the starting goalkeeper for Argentina's South American U-17 Championship side, where he earned goalkeeper of the tournament honours, and Argentina's U-20 South American Championship side.

Real Madrid have been actively searching for the heir-apparent to Iker Casillas and may have found him in the 18-year-old Batalla.

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