OFFICIAL: Omar Mascarell joins Derby County on loan

Real Madrid Castilla's Omar Mascarell has joined English Championship side Derby County on a season long loan deal.

The 21-year-old central midfielder was part of Real Madrid's recently concluded tour of the United States and he has experience of playing for Spain's youth teams.

'Rams' as Derby County are nicknamed are managed currently by Steve McCLaren.

He flew to England yesterday and today was given tour of the facilities in Derby before putting pen-to-paper on his contract.

Omar had played for the Real Madrid first team on the final day of the 2012/13 season in the 4-2 win over Osasuna.

Omar is a good defensive midfielder and chips in with a few goals as well. A quality that would be key for Derby. The problem that many Spaniards face in England is the lack of playing time and opportunities to adapt to new style and weather, hope there is a difference in Omar's case.

On the signing McCLaren said,

We’re delighted that we have been able to bring Omar Mascarell to Derby County on a season-long loan deal.

He is a talented young player and I have monitored his progress for a number of years after first coming to my attention whilst in Holland at Twente.

Our Head of Football Operations Chris Evans has worked tirelessly to get this deal over the line and spent a few days in Spain thrashing out a deal with Real Madrid.

We would like to thank Real Madrid for allowing Omar to spend the season with us and looking forward to working with him.

Omar will wear number 33 for the Rams in the Championship that starts 9 August against Rotherham.

UPDATE: Omar spoke to Derby's website and had this to say on his new adventure:

Derby County is a great option for me; I can come here, grow as a person and grow as a footballer, so for me it is a very good choice. It is a very important year for me.

The most important thing is having Steve McClaren coaching me; he wants to play good football, so I think it will be a great year to grow as a player under the Head Coach.

I am really looking forward to living in England, the Championship is a fantastic league, not only does it give me the opportunity to grow as a footballer but also the chance to learn English too, which is also important for my development.

My best position is in front of the back-four, I like to take the ball off the defenders and pass it around, controlling the pace and the equilibrium of the game.

I have been at Real Madrid for the last four years and now I have got the opportunity to come to Derby in the Championship – I have great hopes and expectations for my time here.

It was a fantastic experience [playing against Inter Milan and Roma], something I may never experience again in my life. Playing two times for Real Madrid on tour has helped me improve and grow as a person.

As long as you work hard and train hard you are fine at Real Madrid because the club look after you.


[Image courtesy Derby County's Twitter handle]

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