Llorente signs five-year deal at Sociedad

Real Sociedad have signed Real Madrid defender Diego Llorente on a five-year deal after he spent the last few seasons out on loan.

The 23-year-old centre-back spent last season on loan at Malaga, where he made 25 La Liga appearances, following another loan spell at Rayo Vallecano.

Llorente is a product of the Real Madrid youth system but was delighted to sign with Sociedad as he never quite developed enough to break into Los Merengues' first team.

"Everything I have heard about San Sebastian has been very good," Llorente said, according to ESPN. "I'm very happy that a club like Real Sociedad have shown an interest in me.

"Real Sociedad has a very good reputation — both in Spain and in Europe."