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Real Madrid loan midfielder Canales to Valencia

sports Updated: Aug 05, 2011 10:17 IST

Real Madrid has loaned talented midfielder Sergio Canales to Spanish rival Valencia for the upcoming season.

Canales, who is playing for Spain at the Under-20 World Cup, was limited to 15 appearances under coach Jose Mourinho after joining from Racing Santander before the start of last season in a €5 million ($7.2 million) deal.

Both clubs say on their respective websites the agreement includes a buy-out option. Other financial terms were not released.

Canales says Valencia is where he "wants to play — it's a very important step that allows me to keep competing with football's elite."

The move ensures the 20-year-old plays Champions League football as Valencia qualified for the group stages thanks to its third-place finish last season.