The messy saga reached its conclusion with the Argentinian defender joining Real Madrid on a four-year contract.
Liverpool manager Benitez could not hide his hurt at seeing the player finally slip out of his grasp, saying: "I am really disappointed with the situation because we had 100% confidence he would be arriving at Liverpool. But after the hearing it was impossible for him to remain here. He was so disappointed he knew he would have to go to another country."
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