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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 August 2007, 18:30 GMT 19:30 UK
Real Madrid agree deal for Heinze
Gabriel Heinze
Heinze had already conceded his United career was over
Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze has agreed to join Real Madrid.

A statement on the Real Madrid website, confirmed by Man Utd, said the clubs had agreed a fee and Heinze will sign a four-year contract.

The Argentine had his heart set on a move to Liverpool and took his case to a Premier League tribunal after United refused to sell him to their rivals.

But after a League panel ruled against Heinze, the 29-year-old agreed to join Real for a reported 8m fee.

The move brings to an end Heinze's three-season stay at Old Trafford.

Red SF

The defender proved a big hit with United fans when he arrived but after recovering from a serious knee injury at the start of the 2005/6 season, he found his first-team place occupied by Patrice Evra.

Liverpool tabled a bid of more than 6.8m in the belief United would be forced to sell after quoting that figure in a letter to Heinze's agent.

However, United refused to let the defender join their bitter rivals and though he considered an appeal against the Premier League's ruling, Heinze instead opted for a move to Spain.

Heinze will undergo a medical in Madrid before completing the move which will see him replace veteran Brazilian Roberto Carlos, who left the Bernabeu in the summer.

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