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Pennant signs for Real Zaragoza

Jermaine Pennant
Liverpool paid 6.7m for Pennant in 2006

Winger Jermaine Pennant has joined Spanish club Real Zaragoza after being released by Liverpool.

The 26-year-old signed a three-year deal following a medical, becoming the Spanish club's first summer signing.

"I wanted to come to Spain and I had offers from important teams in Europe, but joined Real Zaragoza," Pennant told the Primera Liga club's website.

"I really want to get started and do well in the league," added Pennant, who went on loan to Portsmouth last season.

The former England Under-21 winger, who played just four times for Liverpool last season, impressed for the Reds in the 2007 Champions League final defeat by AC Milan but found opportunities increasingly limited from then on.


Pennant began his career with Notts County and made headlines when Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger paid £2m for him as a 15-year-old in 1999.

But he failed to live up to expectations at the Gunners, and was loaned out to Watford, Leeds and Birmingham before joining the Blues in a £3m deal in 2005.

He moved to Liverpool in 2006 for a fee of £6.7m, and made 81 appearances for the club.

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Pennant backs Hart for Portsmouth
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Portsmouth sign Pennant on loan
20 Jan 09 |  Portsmouth
Hull boss admits Pennant interest
01 Jan 09 |  Hull
Pennant aims for England's right
02 Jun 07 |  Liverpool
Pennant completes Liverpool move
26 Jul 06 |  Liverpool
Bruce issues warning to Pennant
02 Mar 06 |  Birmingham
Pennant completes Birmingham move
25 Apr 05 |  Birmingham
'Tagged' footballer Pennant freed
31 Mar 05 |  London

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