Sergio Reguilon has reunited with his old Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui at Sevilla after completing a season-long loan deal.
Reguilon made a name for himself at Real last season in an otherwise terrible campaign for the club under three different managers in Lopetegui, Santiago Solari and finally Zinedine Zidane.
The 22-year-old, who is a product of Real’s youth academy, was given his first-team debut by Lopetegui in a Champions League group stage match against CSKA Moscow in October.
Reguilon went on to make a further 21 appearances and featured prominently under his old Castilla coach Solari. The youngster’s superb form even saw him briefly move ahead of Marcelo as Real’s first-choice left-back.
But Zidane’s return in March saw Marcelo regain the upper hand. In fact, Reguilon featured just twice in the Frenchman’s eight games back in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout.
And Reguilon’s chances would have likely been further restricted had he continued in Madrid following the €48m summer arrival of Ferland Mendy from Lyon.
Therefore, Sevilla confirmed on Friday afternoon that the Spaniard has decided to come to Andalusia and gain some valuable first-team experience.
“This club [Real] has allowed me to be the player and person that I am today,” Reguilón wrote on Twitter.
“I wouldn’t change any part of this incredible journey.
“Thanks to the club, my teammates, coaches and the fans. I feel very loved and I’ll always carry that with me.
“I’m now facing a new stage with a clear conscience and having given everything. See you soon.”
Reguilon is the eighth summer recruit of Sevilla as they look to get off to a bright start under new manager Lopetegui.
The former Spain boss will be determined to erase the memory of his short-lived spell in charge of Real by guiding Sevilla back to the top-four spots in La Liga.
To support Lopetegui, Los Rojiblancos have spent €107m on new signings this summer. Among them are PSV Eindhoven striker Luuk de Jong and winger Lucas Ocampos from Marseille.