Diego Rico: Bournemouth sign Spanish defender from Leganes

Diego Rico
Rico, right, made 58 appearances for Leganes after joining in 2016

Bournemouth have signed Spanish full-back Diego Rico from La Liga side Leganes for £10.7m, subject to international clearance.

Borussia Dortmund were also keen on the 25-year-old, but he has chosen to join the Cherries on a four-year contract.

Rico, who began his career at Real Zaragoza, says he is eager to link up with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

"He is very professional and has a great philosophy on football," Rico told the Bournemouth website.external-link

"This is a new step for me in my career and from my heart I can say I am truly excited to be here and looking forward to the future."

Bournemouth manager Howe said Rico fits the club's "philosophy and style of play".

"Diego is a player we have been tracking throughout the summer and, although we had to be patient, it's great to finally be able to call him a Bournemouth player," said the 40-year old.

"Once he gets used to the way we play, we believe he can become a real force for this football club."

Rico will miss the first three games of the season through suspension after a red card in his final game in La Liga.


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