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Napoli confirm Albiol signing

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Napoli have completed the signing of Spanish international defender Raul Albiol from Real Madrid.The 27-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Italian side, ending a four-year stay at the Bernabeu.

Albiol is Rafael Benitez's fifth signing since taking the reins of the club following the arrivals of Dries Mertens, Rafael Cabral, Josip Radosevic and Jose Callejon.

Napoli have significant cash to spend following the sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain in a deal reportedly worth around 64 million euros.

Albiol had been under contract at Real Madrid until the summer of 2017 but was not a regular in the side. With the World Cup next summer, he will be hoping that the move to Naples will provide him with more game-time, thus giving him a greater chance of being included in Vicente del Bosque's squad.

He was a member of the Spain squad which won the World Cup in 2010, as well as the team which secured the last two European Championships. He has earned 40 caps for his country. The Spanish are 6.50 to defend their World Cup crown successfully in 2014, while they are 4.00 to win the European Championships in 2016.

Napoli finished second in Serie A last season, nine points behind winners Juventus. They are 9.00 to win the Scudetto, with the Turin side 1.72.

Albiol has experience of winning championships, having won the Primera Division with Real Madrid in 2012, as well as the Copa del Rey in 2011.

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