D'Alessandro close to Liga deal

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Argentinian playmaker Andres D'Alessandro has revealed he is close to sealing a move to Spanish side Real Zaragoza, leaving both Benfica and Portsmouth disappointed.

The Wolfsburg star impressed vividly on loan at Fratton Park last season but his performances did not go unnoticed and Pompey's hopes of securing him on a permanent deal have floundered as a result.

D'Alessandro had looked close to joining Portuguese outfit Benfica, whilst Harry Redknapp had not given up on resurrecting a deal, but the 25-year-old has now admitted the lure of La Liga is strong.

Speaking to the Spanish press, D'Alessandro admitted he was likely to become a Zaragoza player in the coming days.

"I am calm spending my holidays in Buenos Aries," D'Alessandro told AS.

"I know that the agreement with Zaragoza is close, all it lacks is the culmination of some paperwork subjects.

"The idea to play in Spain has always seduced me.

"It is a country that I like more and a style of game that adapts better to my characteristics.

"In Argentina the Spanish Liga is followed closely and that has motivated me more.

"When I had the chance to play for Zaragoza I did not think about it.

"I like Zaragoza and the Spanish league."

Moreover D'Alessandro also revealed he had received positive reports about Zaragoza boss Victor Fernandez which helped him to settle on a move to La Romareda.

"I know the coach has made a big effort to obtain my signature," D'Alessandro continued.

"Everyone has spoken very well of him to me.

"He likes offensive football, it has been fundamental that he has wanted me."