Granada sign former Real Madrid and Liverpool prospect Aridane Hernandez

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La Liga side Granada have plucked 26-year-old defender Aridane Hernandez from the lower leagues in Spain.

Aridane Hernandez Umpierrez has joined La Liga side Granada on a two-year contract, the club have announced on Thursday via their official website and social networks.

The 26-year-old centre-back spent the formative years of his football career with Real Madrid, followed by a spell in the youth academy at Liverpool during the 2007-08 season.

However, unable to make the grade with The Reds, the Spaniard headed back to his home country to look for alternative opportunities, but found himself playing in the third-tier for the likes of Real Valladolid B, SD Ceuta and Deportivo Alaves.

In 2012 Aridane moved to Segunda B outfit CD Eldense in Alicante province, but it's his displays during the 2014-15 season that caught the eye of a number of top-flight clubs, after making 38 appearances and scoring one goal.

Back in 2013, reports in Diario Informacion linked Aridane with regular scouting interest from Atletico Madrid, as well as Premier League side Swansea City.

Following the announcement of his signing, Aridane trained with the first-team squad in their first session of pre-season, at Nuevo Los Carmenes on Thursday evening.

Amidst expectations that Aridane will be shipped out on loan to Cadiz, at this stage it is believed Granada manager Jose Ramon Sandoval wants to take a look at the player first, before any final decisions are made.

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