​Real Madrid have announced that 18-year-old midfielder, Federico Valverde will join Deportivo La Coruna on loan for the duration of next season, giving the Uruguayan his first taste of the top division of Spanish football next season.

Valverde joined Zinedine Zidane's side from Penarol in 2015 in a deal worth £4.4m, where he has since made 30 appearances in Spain's third tier of football - Second Division B - scoring three goals and making one assist. 


With the 18-year-old continuing his football in Uruguay for the 2015-16 season, Valverde has only been in Spain for one season and, as reported by the ​International Business Times, he has now been given the opportunity by Real Madrid to obtain first-team experience in La Liga away from the club. 

Although it means the Uruguayan will have to wait to make a breakthrough at Real Madrid, it will provide the 18-year-old with much needed senior experience - with Deportivo La Coruna who finished 16th in La Liga last season - which he would not otherwise get if he was to stay with Zidane's side.


Valverde impressed during his time with Uruguay at the Under-20 World Cup - where his side were eventually knocked out at the semi-final stage by eventual runner-ups Venezuela - as he took home the Silver Ball as the competition's second best player behind England's Dominic Solanke.  

Deportivo issued a statement on the ​club's official website following the confirmation of the 18-year-old's loan deal: "Federicio Valverde will defend Depor's colours for the 2017-18 campaign after reaching an agreement with Real Madrid, to loan him for a season with no option to buy."