Real Madrid sign Eintracht Frankfurt pearl Enrique Herrero
Real Madrid will pay the German club for the talented 16-year-old Spaniard who signed his professional contract in Valdebebas on Friday.
Real Madrid continue to poach talent from abroad to improve their youth categories. The latest acquisition is 16-year-old Enrique Herrero who, until Friday, was on the books at Eintracht Frankfurt. The German club had pipped Madrid to sign Herrera last summer but just a few months on, the Spanish player was keen to return home. He signed his new professional contract in Valdebebas yesterday but is not eligible to play for Madrid's Under-19s until the club is given the green light from FIFA.
Murcia-born Herrero is a promising striker who demonstrated his abilities during his time with Villarreal. He put himself on the market as a free agent last summer and drew interest from Real Madrid and Barça. But in the end it was Eintracht Frankfurt who enticed him with an attractive proposal - including the promise of first team action in the Bundesliga.
However, eight months on, the youngster was keen to return to Spain and Madrid gave him the opportunity to do so.
Waiting for FIFA to rubber-stamp Herrera's transfer
As he is a minor involved in a transfer between two different federations, the transfer depends on FIFA's confirmation. Until that happens, Herrero will only be able to train with Madrid's Under-19s and probably won't be able to play until next season. That is not a big concern for Madrid who have secured one of the most promising stars of the 2005 generation in Spain who is already an international at youth level.