Real Madrid have sent striker Adam Szalai out on loan to Bundesliga side Mainz in a bid to afford the player some first team experience.
The Spanish club’s official website confirms that the Hungarian striker, who previously played in Germany with Stuttgart, has signed on with Mainz until the end of the season.
There had been interest from a number of English sides, including Leeds United and Notts County, but in the end the player opted to move to the club who are currently sitting in mid-table in the German top flight.
The 22-year has been capped by Hungary at under-21 level, and managed his first-full cap in February 2009 against Israel.
He has been a regular for Real Madrid’s reserve side, where he moved in 2007 for a fee of €500,000, and the 6’ 4” striker is renowned for his physical presence.
Szalai began his career with Uljpest in his home country before making his first move to Germany in the summer of 2006, and completed his switch to Real Madrid the next summer following a successful spell in the their reserve side.
Paul Macdonald, Goal.com