Transfer activity starts early in Spain’s La Liga

Madrid, June 16 (IANS) Although the dust has hardly settled on the completion of the Spanish football season, several clubs have been quick off the mark in order to strengthen their squads for next season.

Recently promoted Real Betis have signed former Dutch international midfielder, Rafael Van der Vaart who returns to Spain after having played in England and Germany. Van der Vaart had a brief spell with Real Madrid, although his form has dropped off recently.

European League Champions Sevilla have announced that winger Jose Antonio Reyes has agreed terms to extend his contract at the club for a further two seasons, while veteran Portuguese midfielder Duda has renewed for a further year with Malaga.

Valencia have signed striker Rodrigo from Benfica after the player, who made his debut with the Spanish national team this season, impressed during a year on loan in which he made 31 appearances scoring three goals.

Rodrigo has agreed a four-year deal until the end of June 2019 as his side prepares to return to the Champions League next season.

The Spanish press also reported that FC Barcelona have agreed terms to extend the contract of Brazilian striker Neymar after the Copa America and the elections for the club presidency, which is likely to witness the re-election of Josep Maria Bartomeu as the club president.

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