Zero euros for Clemente
Both Real and Zaragoza have made the transfer official, although only the Basque club has included in its news the option they have to keep the player as property. The player, on his social networks, has said goodbye to the club and the Zaragoza fans
Clemente, a personal bet by the sports director of Real, Roberto Olabe, and the coach, Xabi Alonso, is going to have many minutes at Sanse and would debut against Cartagena on January 24 since there is no league competition next weekend . In addition, it will be feasible to see him in some training session of the first team from San Sebastian. The center-back has been a starter against Mirandés as a lane player and in the Cup against Sevilla in his natural position, but until then he had only had minutes in the cup competition, where he was decisive with his goal against Mensajero and played against Burgos, and in the final stretch of the duel in Las Palmas.
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His departure, after renewal, is justified in the club in that he has minutes in another team that he was not going to have here, where Francés and Jair are almost immovable and Lluís López is always the third option for JIM. It alludes to his subsequent return with more soccer growth in the two years that will remain, but the truth is that Real is very close at hand that Clemente will not wear the jersey of the team of his life again. The defender had no luck on his return from the loan at Logroñés, the stage in which that growth and experience did occur, and he tested positive for coronavirus at the beginning of the preseason, which put him at a disadvantage to start the course at side of his teammates behind.
Zaragoza only releases about 40,000 euros of salary and to sign a central defender they need more exits, so it is not ruled out that no one will arrive in that position and JIM will have to resort to Nieto or a player from the subsidiary as alternatives
Clemente finished his contract in June and had one of the lowest salaries in the squad, around the Second minimum (80,000 euros) and which he now sees improved. His departure only frees up half of that figure for salary margin. The 22-year-old footballer, one of the jewels of the quarry, was one of the clearest exits this January. His departure forces the club to look for a central defender for the second round, since Jair, Francés, who could also be transferred and has proposals that can be given for it, and Lluís López have remained. Adrián and Javi Ros are other feasible exits that are of interest to the club because they would release wage bills in a more important way, since now there is hardly any margin and Zaragoza intends to sign up Lasure this January. Of course, only that important salary release will lead to looking for another central defender and it is not ruled out that Zaragoza dispute the second round with the three central defenders that it now has and the possibility of Nieto or resorting to the subsidiary (Javi Hernández or Luengo) if necessary. Luengo made his debut in a summons against Sevilla and is ahead of JIM's preferences.
The academy defender (Zaragoza, March 4, 1999) was promoted to the first team at the beginning of the 19-20 season, and before that, when he injured his knee playing with Deportivo Aragón in October 2018, he was signed with Zaragoza, which he arrived in as fry to become one of the entity's flagship players in its quarry, rejecting for years the interest of important clubs to sign him. In October 2018, the center-back, who stands out for his placement and his ability to get the ball, signed until 2022 with a clause of 6 million euros and in 2019-20 he played 23 official games, 21 of them as starters, but the arrival of The Yamiq blocked the way for Víctor in the final stretch of that course.
In the summer of 2020, the club assessed the need for a loan to gain minutes and had an offer from Barcelona B, a loan with a purchase option of 2.5 million, but the footballer prioritized playing in Segunda and Castellón, Las Palmas o Sabadell were also interested in a loan that UD Logroñés ultimately obtained, where he played 21 games and 18 of them as a starter, without managing to return to the U-21s for the final phase of the European Championship last June, although he has played until three games with La Rojita and was also an under-18 international. Just three years ago he was one of the projects with the greatest future in the Zaragoza youth academy and now the club can let him go without compensation.