Dudek delighted with Real Madrid's Liverpool raid
Published 29/07/2009 | 16:18
Real Madrid goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has welcomed the capture of Alvaro Arbeloa and hopes another of his former Liverpool team-mates, Xabi Alonso, follows suit.
Arbeloa passed his medical with Madrid today and will pen a five-year contact with the Spanish giants to complete his £3.5million move from Liverpool.
The 26-year-old Spain international becomes Madrid's seventh signing of the summer and Dudek is delighted with the move, saying of Arbeloa: "He's an all-round player. He's making great progress and I think that with his quality he can help this team in defence.
"He's a very good friend of mind and the fact he's an international guarantees his worth."
Aside from Arbeloa, Madrid have also signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema, Raul Albiol, Alvaro Negredo and Esteban Granero this summer as part of returning president Florentino Perez's "spectacular sporting project" to get the club back to the top of the football tree.
Argentina centre-back Ezequiel Garay is also a new face at the club, although he was signed from Racing Santander 12 months ago before immediately being loaned back to the Cantabrian side for the last campaign.
Madrid's spending spree might not be over yet either, with Arbeloa's fellow Spain international and former Anfield team-mate Alonso still believed to be high on the Primera Division outfit's wish list.
Liverpool's asking price for Alonso, which is reported to be around £30million, has been the sticking point so far, with the Spanish club unwilling to go that high.
However, Dudek is hoping a deal can be sorted out that will see Alonso plying his trade at the Bernabeu next season.
"He has a lot of quality and is also a great person off the pitch. I hope that he comes, although it is not easy to negotiate with (Liverpool manager) Rafa Benitez," Dudek added.