- Associated Press - Monday, August 8, 2011

MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid has signed a seven-year-old football prospect from Argentina, who goes by the name Leo.

Leonel Angel Coira has signed with the Spanish club and will begin training Sept. 6, Madrid spokesman Juan Tapiador tells The Associated Press.

Argentine sports daily Ole reported last week (https://bit.ly/oOwrRX) that Coira had become the youngest player signed by Madrid but Tapiador said he is not.

Coira told Ole that his idol was Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who also goes by the name Leo. Coira says he prefers “to provide the pass” than to score.

Ole reports Madrid, the world’s biggest club, made the push to sign Coira with Spanish league rival Atletico Madrid also pursuing the youngster.

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