Real Madrid sign Casemiro to permanent deal

2013-05-24 00:42:59 GMT2013-05-24 08:42:59(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid has exercised the option of signing Sao Paulo loanee Casemiro on a permanent deal, Brazilian media reported on Thursday.

The 21-year-old joined the Spanish giants on loan in January and made his Liga debut in a 3-1 victory over Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 19.

A series of impressive performances for Real Madrid Castilla in Spain's second tier convinced club president Florentino Perez to make Casemiro'smove a permanent one.

Real Madrid will pay 6.5 million euros for the player, with 80% going to SaoPaulo, 15% to his agent Julio Fressato and 5% to another unnamed representative, Uol reported.

Casemiro has been capped five times for Brazil since making his international debut under Mano Menezes in 2011.

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