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Official: Alphonse Areola has left Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have confirmed that Alphonse Areola’s loan deal has ended and he’s returned to Paris Saint-Germain.

Areola was one of the surprise transfers of last summer when PSG agreed to loan him to Real Madrid in exchange for signing goalkeeper Keylor Navas in a €15m deal.

The move came just months after Areola signed a new long-term deal in Paris and dislodged Gianluigi Buffon as the club’s first-choice keeper.

Despite the setback, the 27-year-old made the best of his time in Spain. He had to settle for a role as Thibaut Courtois’ back-up, but still made nine appearances through four in LaLiga, three in the Copa del Rey, and another two in the Champions League.

Despite the excess of goalkeepers, namely in Luca Zidane and Andriy Lunin, Real Madrid allegedly considered signing Areola permanently as a reliable back-up for Courtois.

No move transpired in the end, though, as the Frenchman has now left the LaLiga champions.

“The club would like to thank Areola for his dedication, professionalism and exemplary conduct this season and wishes him the best of luck in this new chapter,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“Real Madrid also thanks PSG for the chance to have had Alphonse Areola as part of our squad.”

Reports have linked Chelsea with a move for Areola this summer as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.