Leverkusen - Real Madrid CF have activated a contractual agreement with Bayer 04 Leverkusen to buy back right full-back Daniel Carvajal after only one season in the Bundesliga.

The Spain under-21 international joined Leverkusen last July, but as part of the deal, Real secured the right to re-sign him for a set fee at any time during his three-year contract.

Inevitable return

The Spanish giants have now activated that clause by signing the 21-year-old back after he impressed in 32 Bundesliga appearances this season. Although the transfer deprives Leverkusen of one of the foundations of the side which clinched third place last season, their sporting director Rudi Völler admitted he could see it coming.

“We are very sad no longer to have Daniel among our ranks,” he said. “We always knew right from the very start that Real would recognise his sporting value sooner or later. He's been so convincing this season that Real’s decision does not surprise us in the least.”

'Madridista through and through'

Carvajal was practically an ever-present for Leverkusen this season, but he now returns to the club where he started his career, and where he always dreamed of one day rising to stardom.

“Daniel Carvajal made a great impression from day one, not only sportingly but as a person,” said Leverkusen’s executive director Wolfgang Holzhäuser. “As much as it hurts us to see him go, we nevertheless wish him all the best in fulfilling his childhood dream of playing in Real Madrid’s first team. Daniel came through their youth ranks and is a ‘Madridista’ through and through. We wish him all the best for his future.”