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RÓBER LOANED TO LEVANTE

04 Aug 2017
Róber returns to Levante, the defender signed a new three-year contract with Depor and the Valencians have a first refusal clause.

The club informed on Wednesday that Róber Pier has been loaned to Levante UD ahead of the season 2017/18. The centre-back is ending his contract on next June and also signed a new three-year contract with the Galicians (deal now expiring in 2020).

The loan agreement with Levante UD doesn’t include a buyout option, but it includes a right of first refusal clause. This means that, if Deportivo receive an offer for Róber in the future, then Levante UD have the right to match it and buy the player, exactly the formula used by the Galicians when they signed Sidnei from Benfica SL (Depor matched the offer of Valencia CF).

Precisely, the inclusion of a buyout option or a first refusal clause was the factor delaying the final signature, because both clubs have already agreed the loan since some weeks ago. Thus, Róber return to Levante UD, club where the clinched the promotion to Primera on last season.

His exit was expected as Deportivo already had other four centre-backs; actually, the club even foresees the possibility of selling Sidnei and then face the season with three centre-backs: Raúl Albentosa, Fabian Schär and Alejandro Arribas.

Among the players under contract, this is the sixth exit from the first team during the summer window. Previously Pablo Insua was transferred to Schalke 04, Álex Bergantiños was loaned to Sporting Gijón, while Oriol Riera, Laure and Fayçal Fajr rescinded their contracts. 

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