Alavés renew Pacheco but Madrid retain buy-back option

The Bernabéu board inserted a purchase option into the deal taking keeper to Alavés, where he has been one of the sensations of the season.

Fernando Pacheco, portero del Alavés.
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Fernando Pacheco is having a stand-out season with Alavés and the club rewarded their 24-year-old keeper with a new contract on Thursday after he helped the side into the final of the Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid buy-back option

Pacheco has signed a new deal running until 2020 but Alavés may yet find competition for his long-term future from his previous club, Real Madrid, who inserted a four-million-euro buy-back clause into the deal taking him to Mendizorrotza in the summer of 2015. However, the Bernabéu board will have to act quickly if they are to exercise it: the option expires this summer.

The 10 most effective keepers in the league

Player Team Saves
Save %
Games Minutes
Asenjo Villarreal 63 81,82 21 1.890
López Espanyol 65 81,25 18 1.583
Ter Stegen Barcelona 57 80,28 19 1.710
Navas Real Madrid 31 73,81 13 1.170
Rico Sevilla 66 73,33 19 1.710
Pacheco Alavés 58 72,5 20 1.800
Adán Real Betis 78 71,3 20 1.800
Oblak Atlético de Madrid 31 70,45 15 1.300
Ochoa Granada CF 88 66,67 21 1.890
Rulli Real Sociedad 60 66,67 21 1.890

Source: OPTA.

Only keepers who have played more than 12 games included.

Pacheco signed an initial three-year deal with Alavés after finding his chances limited at the Bernabéu, where he was third-choice keeper. Madrid may decide to trigger the purchase option to then sell Pacheco on for a higher fee.

Alavés clean sheets

The keeper’s stock has risen further after a stellar performance in the Copa semi-finals, where he kept a clean sheet in both legs against Celta, who in turn knocked Madrid out in the quarter-finals. Pacheco has only missed one Liga match this season and has kept seven clean sheets in 20 games, helping Alavés to the position of the fifth-stingiest defence in the division.