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La Liga Freebies: Sergio Canales

La Liga Freebies: Sergio Canales

We look further into the La Liga players whose contracts have just six months remaining, featuring Real Sociedad’s Sergio Canales.

Born in Santander, Cantabria, Canales became a youth product of his hometown club Racing, progressing through their various youth ranks before Deportivo La Coruna agreed to purchase 50% of his playing rights.

Canales would make his first team debut on September 18th 2008, featuring in a UEFA CUp tie against FC Honka of Finaldn, before making his league debut against Osasuna just two weeks later.

Having impressed, the midfielder received more playing time and his brace against Espanyol in December 2009, saw him gain interest from a number of European and bigger Spanish clubs.

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A move to Real Madrid would then develop with the Santiago Bernabeu club paying a small figure of around £3.5m for his services.

Canales would have to wait for his chance at his new club, but made his official debut in the 3-2 friendly win over Club America in the pre-season of 2010, scoring his first goal in that same game.

His first league appearances came against Mallorca later that month, and he made over 500 minutes of football for the club, including three appearances in the Copa del Rey, which Madrid won and he would gain a winners medal.

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Struggling for regular playing time, Canales would then join Valencia on a two-year loan, but a torn knee ligament would see him miss six months of his first season at the Mestalla.

He would later turn, but in the same season, suffer a similar injury, which would keep him out until the end of the season.

Despite his injury problems, Los Che made the move permanent but Juan Antonio Pizzi’s arrival would see him deemed surplus to requirements and a move to Sociedad would materialise.

Canales scored four goals in 36 appearances in his first full season, but injury would rear its ugly head once more as the midfielder relapsed again, suffering another knee injury.

He has since returned from injury and is currently enjoying good form for the Basque club in La Liga this season.