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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 July, 2004, 23:44 GMT 00:44 UK
Liverpool seal Josemi deal
Malaga defender Josemi
It's what I've always dreamed about
Liverpool have completed the signing of Josemi from Malaga for 2m.

The 24-year-old officially became a Reds player after passing his medical on Wednesday and is understood to have signed a four-year deal.

Josemi - real name Jose Miguel Gonzales Rey- is Rafael Benitez's first signing at Anfield.

"Josemi signed earlier on Monday," said Benitez. "I know this player and he is good in defence, good in the air and can make this team stronger."

And Benitez hinted there could be more to follow.

"For me it is important that we have good players and it does not matter what nationality they are," added Benitez.

"Perhaps I know the Spanish market better than others but we have good scouts all around the world so if good players become available then we will sign them."

Prior to signing Josemi said: "I am really happy because this is an unbeatable opportunity. If I was ever going to leave Malaga, it was for something like this."

Josemi, real name Jose Miguel Gonzales Rey, began his career at Torremolinos and can play right-back or centre-back.

He added: "I was speaking to Benitez, he has put his faith in me and I will work to make sure things turn out well. It was an offer I couldn't refuse.

"Now everybody has to be happy, because it's a proud moment for everybody connected with me.

"I wasn't expecting the move, but this has all happened in two days and everything has worked out in an instant.

"For me, it's what I've always dreamed about and now I have the chance to play in a big team, I have to take advantage of it.

"I still haven't taken it in and when I get there I will try to adapt bit by bit. I have to adapt well and be patient."

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