Real Madrid Sign Champions League-winning Striker Joselu, After Triggering His Buy-out Clause


Joselu has become a player of Real Madrid after the Spanish giants triggered the purchase option to sign the striker.

The acquisition of the 34-year-old by Los Blancos was revealed by his now-former club Espanyol, in a statement which reads:

“Real Madrid has informed RCD Espanyol that it is executing the purchase clause for Joselu Mato, included in the agreement reached a year ago between the two clubs.”

Espanyol added that as such, “Joselu is no longer a white-and-blue player” and they wished him all the best for the future.

The La Liga side wrote: “Therefore, Joselu is no longer a white-and-blue player. RCD Espanyol wishes him luck in his new professional adventure.”

Meanwhile, reports indicate that Real Madrid are set to sell Joselu Mato to Qatari club, Al-Gharafa.

Joselu joined the Santiago Bernabeu side on loan from Espanyol in the summer of 2023, after they were relegated from the top-flight league in Spain.

How Much Did Real Madrid Pay To Activate The Release Clause Of Joselu?

Joselu Mato’s release clause is €1.5 million and it has been activated by Real Madrid, with the Spaniard now a bonafide player of the La Liga champions.

He was sharp in attack for Los Blancos last season, scoring 17 goals and providing 3 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions.

Joselu was instrumental to Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s success in the 2023/24 season, as he put up clutch performances in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga.

Real Madrid were on the brink of crashing out of the Champions League, but Joselu Mato came on from the bench to score 2 late goals to help Los Blancos secure a comeback win over Bayern Munich.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side progressed into the final with a 4-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich, before silencing another German club, Borussia Dortmund.

Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr netted the needed goals in the final against the Black and Yellows as Real Madrid clinched their 15 UEFA Champions League crown.

Joselu Mato Market Value And Clubs He Has Played For In His Career

Moreover, Joselu’s market value is €5 million and he has played for several clubs in his career, including; Hannover 96, TSG Hoffenheim, Stoke City, Newcastle United, and Alavés.

Joselu Mato was previously at Real Madrid during the early phase of his career, as he developed through the youth set-up of the side.

Joselu Personal Information

The 34-year-old was born in Stuttgart, Germany on March 27, 1990, and he is the Brother-in-law of Real Madrid defender Daniel Carvajal.

Joselu is the son of mother, Elvira, and father, Roman Mato.

He is married to flight attendant and model Melanie Cañizares, with whom he has two children – a son, Leo, born in 2017. Their second son, Lucas, was born in 2022.

Joselu’s Salary And Net Worth

Joselu Mato earns about €50,000 per week at Real Madrid and his net worth is estimated to be between the region of €15 million – €20 million.

Joselu’s Career Stats

The Spaniard has made 444 club appearances thus far in his career, scoring 125 goals and providing 32 assists in all competitions.

Internationally, Joselu has made 12 appearances for Spain, scoring 5 goals and providing 1 assist.

It will be interesting to see if Joselu will remain at a star-studded Real Madrid side, or jump ship to Qatari side, Al-Gharafa.


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