An XI of players who left Spain's LaLiga this summer
The preseason is underway and almost every team has moved players in or out so here is a team of LaLiga's best exports in the summer transfer window.
Kameni (Málaga - Fenerbahce)
The Cameroon goalkeeper left Spain this summer after 13 years. The former Malaga shot-stopper decided to pack his bags and leave Spain for Fenerbahce for the first time since he arrived in 2004 from Le Havre. The 33-year-old leaves behind a special legacy at both Malaga and Espanyol.
Yuri (Real Sociedad-Paris Saint Germain)
After a very strong season with the txuri-urdin, Yuri Berchiche was summoned to Paris where he will compete with the cream of Europe's crop. At PSG, he will be managed by Unai Emery, another LaLiga export. Yuri makes his second trip abroad after leaving for Tottenham in 2007.
Rami (Sevilla-Olympique Marseille)
The French central defender will leave Sevilla to return to his native country. Marseille will be his next destination after already fulfilling stints at Valencia and Sevilla in Spain. His whistle-stop tour of Europe that has already taken in Roma, returns to France where he already won Ligue 1 with Lille in 2010-11.
Musacchio (Villarreal - AC Milán)
The Argentinian is one of many AC Milan signing this summer. It is his first move outside of Spain since arriving from River Plate and jetting straight into Villarreal. Milan are currently in the process of rebuilding after a solid year last year and they feel that Musacchio, an eight-year veteran in Spain, could be another key part of that rebuild.
Pepe (Real Madrid - Besiktas)
The Portuguese defender arrived in Madrid with plenty of attention on his price to of €30 million with skepticism attached to that attention. He leaves, however, as one of the best central defenders in Real Madrid's history and a cornerstone of every success los Blancos had in the last decade. Pepe did not accept Real Madrid's offers of a one year deal and swaps one of Spain's giants to one of Turkey's with Besiktas.
Camacho (Málaga - Wolfsburg)
The central midfielder leaves the team that raised him and says hello to a new challenge in Germany's Bundesliga. Following an entire career to date in LaLiga, Camacho promised the fans "I'll be back" at his emotional farewell. A target for Liverpool and Arsenal over the last number of years, his move to Wolfsburg could ignite more interest internationally or cause him to long for LaLiga.
Roque Mesa (UD Las Palmas - Swansea)
The Canary Islander has changed Las Palmas for Swansea to fulfill a dream of playing in the Premier League. He leaves Spain for the first time in his career in an effort to prove himself and maybe sneak his way into Spain's Julen Lopetegui's World Cup plans if a solid performance is forthcoming.
James Rodríguez (Real Madrid - Bayern Munich)
A star of LaLiga leaves to become, presumably, a star in the Bundesliga. He says he is excited to start a new life, play a new style and help Bayern Munich upon his unveiling as a Bundesliga player. The Colombian refuses to close the door on Real Madrid but you have to fear for his future as long as Zinedine Zidane remains in charge with his rotation favouring others ahead of James, who has the ability and desire to be a starter on a weekly basis.
Rubén Castro (Real Betis - Guizhou)
A trip with a return ticket. Rubén Castro, a legend at Real Betis, swaps Spain for China. Less competitive, perhaps, but far better paid, Castro will return to start the 2018 calender year and help Betis in their final stretch in LaLiga. Sergio Leon will replace Castro as the protagonist in front of goal.
Sandro (Málaga - Everton)
Sandro Ramirez left Barcelona last summer and is on the move yet again just 12 months later. He left Barca with plenty of questions marks but answered them comprehensively over the course of a season with Malaga. He scored 14 goals in 30 matches and caught the attention of the Premier League. Everton have sold Romelu Lukaku and while The Belgian's boots will be hard to fill, Sandro has answered the kind of questions confronting him this season before.
Mariano (Real Madrid - Olympique Lyon)
The dynamic and powerful Dominian Republic striker starts his 'erasmus' with Ligue 1's Lyon. The former Real Madrid striker leaves Real Madrid having taken advantage of his minutes but wanting, nay needing, to play more. He has a big task ahead of him in breaking the dominance of PSG and Monaco but with his ability to score goals, nothing can be ruled out.
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