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Pastures new: Real Madrid to The Football League

23 July 2015

Emerging talent from one of the world's biggest clubs, Real Madrid, is something The Football League has been used to seeing down the years.

New Brighton & Hove Albion signing Jack Harper is the latest player to make the move from the Bernabeu, and he is the third former Real Madrid man to switch to England this summer, after Cristian Benavente joined Milton Keynes Dons and Derik Osede moved to Bolton Wanderers.

Former Football League stars such as David Beckham and Gareth Bale have gone on to be successful with Madrid, but we take a look at some of their talented ex-players and coaches who have moved in the opposite direction.

Paul Clement and Aitor Karanka

New Derby County manager Paul Clement has arrived from the Real Madrid dugout this summer, while Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka had spells as both a player and a coach with the club.

Clement was assistant to Carlo Ancelotti during his two seasons at the helm, and helped guide the Spanish giants to a 10th Champions League title in 2014.

Boro's Karanka was Jose Mourinho’s number two at the Bernabeu, and won the Champions League and a La Liga title during his five seasons as a player.

Royston Drenthe

The explosive winger played 46 times for Real Madrid in his early career, and went onto feature in The Football League with Reading in 2013. Drenthe most recently donned the shirt of Sheffield Wednesday, where he was on loan last season.

The 28-year-old now plays for Anorthosis Famagusta in Cyprus.

Ivan Campo

The Spanish international played 60 times for Real Madrid before moving to England to join Bolton Wanderers.
He became a legend at the Trotters before moving to Ipswich Town in 2008, where he spent one year at Portman Road before bringing his stellar career to an end in 2010.
Julian Faubert

Faubert had the rare privilege of a loan spell at Real Madrid, while playing for West Ham United.
The Frenchman made two appearances for Los Blancos in 2009, but his most notable impact in England was in the Championship. Faubert played a big part in the Hammers’ promotion in the 2011/12 campaign, helping the London outfit back into the Premier League via the Play-Offs.

Jonathan Woodgate

Woodgate’s Real Madrid debut has been written into footballing folklore, after he scored an own goal and got sent off in his maiden appearance for the Spanish outfit.
He did go on to spend three years at the Bernabeu, though, before returning permanently to English football in 2007. Now 35, he is currently in his fourth spell at Middlesbrough, and has recently signed a new one-year deal with the club.

Tomas Mejias

One of Woodgate’s teammates at Middlesbrough, Tomas Mejias, also knows what it is like to play for Madrid. The young stopper made one senior appearance in La Liga, after rising through the club's youth ranks.
Omar Mascarell

Derby have delved into Madrid's youth system in recent times, recruiting midfielder Omar Mascarell on a season-long loan last summer. The 22-year-old made 18 Sky Bet Championship appearances for the Rams last term.

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