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Nadal signs for La Liga

Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has become a shareholder in Real Mallorca in an attempt to help out the cash-strapped club.

Nadal, who will be at tomorrow’s World Cup Final between Spain and Holland, is a passionate supporter of Real Madrid.

However, the world number one, who was born on the island of Majorca, has now dug into his pockets to help his local club.

“It's an honour to be able to help Real Mallorca, I will help in any way I can,” said Nadal.

It is the latest in a series of positive news stories for Mallorca, who are struggling with debts reported to be around 85million euros (£71.2million).

A group headed by former coach Llorenc Serra Ferrer became majority shareholders last month and swiftly installed Michael Laudrup as first-team coach.

Nadal's uncle, Spain and Barcelona legend Miguel Angel Nadal, was then appointed as Laudrup's assistant.

Belfast Telegraph