Derby Tie Up Bueno Loan
Derby County have today landed highly-rated Spanish striker Alberto Bueno on a season-long loan Spanish side Real Valladolid.
Bueno, who began his career with Real Madrid, was in attendance on Saturday to watch his new team mates in action as Derby were held to a 2-2 draw by npower Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers at Pride Park.
He has teamed up with the rest of the Derby first-team squad at their training camp in Marbella and has completed all the relevant paperwork to seal the loan switch.
Manager Nigel Clough told dcfc.co.uk: "We're delighted to welcome Alberto to Derby County.
"It is a real coup for us that we've managed to bring him here; a lot of hard work has gone into this deal and it is great news we've managed to secure his signature because other teams across Europe were interested in him.
"He is going to need time to adapt to the English game, but we believe he will bring something to our team and make an impact."
The 22-year-old is a product of Real Madrid's youth academy, and he made a handful of first-team appearances for the European giants during the 2008/09 season. He scored on his debut for Madrid in the Spanish Cup.
He joined Valladolid last summer for around 3 million euros, but the 'Pucela' suffered relegation from La Liga last season to the Segunda Division and he played in 20 games, scoring once.
Bueno has also been a prolific goalscorer for the Spanish youth international sides, gaining caps at under 17, 19, 20 & 21 levels.
Clough added: "Alberto was a player recommended to us, and Johnny Metgod went to see him in action last week.
"That is the advantage of having Johnny on our coaching staff; he has a wide range of contacts throughout Europe which is something we can tap into when it comes to player recruitment.
"We've been to watch various players in Spain and Europe over the last year, but this is the first where we've put a deal together.
"You have to look at whether the player can fit into our team and also adapt to life in England, and on both accounts Alberto fits the bill.
"Johnny was impressed with what he saw of Alberto, and he has had some glowing references from the people we have spoken to.
"Johnny knows the Spanish national coach Vicente del Bosque and he gave Alberto a strong reference and he recommended we sign Alberto if we could.
"When you have someone of that ilk recommending the player, you have to sit up and take note."