'A €25m mistake' – A Spanish paper reflects on Rafa Benitez's signing of Robbie Keane
Money is unlikely to be an issue for new Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez as he narrows down his transfer targets. Unfortunately from an Irish perspective, one Spanish paper has been looking at his purchasing "failures".
Marca assessed the former manager's track record in the transfer market and while they suggest he has been relatively successful at Napoli with "no great blunders", the paper reflects that "it's not all been a long list of perfect signings for Benítez."
One of the major "hiccups" referenced is that of record Ireland goal scorer Robbie Keane.
Keane joined his boyhood club in the summer of 2008 for a fee of £19m, but after seven goals in 28 appearances, he returned to Spurs the following February.
Marca pointed to the purchase of Keane as one of his worst bits of business, despite the Dubliner having such little time to impress his new employers.
"Luckily for the Spaniard, when he has made a mistake, it hasn't been when too much money was spent, except maybe with the case of Robbie Keane.
"Liverpool forked out €25 million for the player and in the second year he was lent out to Tottenham. He never came back."