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UPDATED: 09:29, August 31, 2006
Ecuadorian World Cup winger Castillo joins Serbian club Red Star
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Ecuador's Segundo Alejandro Castillo, 24, the best Ecuadorian winger in 2006's soccer World Cup, held in Germany, will join Serbian team Red Star as a transfer, with an option to buy, Castillo's agent told Wednesday's domestic press.

The agent, Jorge Guerrero, told media that if the Serbians chose not to buy Castillo, the mid-fielder will not receive a transfer bonus.

Earlier this year, Castillo's contract was bought by second division team Deportivo Del Valle, which is based in the Ecuadorian town of Manabi, although it is owned by a group of European businessmen.

Guerrero said that Red Star will pay 180,000 US dollars for the pay if he is transferred permanently, 30 percent of which will go to El Nacional.

Castillo had received several offers from European clubs, but had opted for Red Star because they had offered the most money. Castillo has already left Ecuador, without his family, and is unlikely to return in time to play Peru, in a friendly scheduled for Wednesday in the U.S. state of New Jersey.

Castillo is due to arrive in Madrid on Wednesday, from where he will travel to Belgrade for obligatory medical examinations.

Castillo played for Espoli from 1998 to 2002, transferring to El Nacional for 250,000 dollars, and the to Deportivo this year.

Red Star won the 1991 European Champions League and is playing this year in the European Union Football Associations (UEFA) Cup.

Including Castillo, five players from Ecuador's World Cup squad have won international contracts since the competition: Carlos Tenorio and Ivan Hurtado going to Saudi Arabia, Edison Mendez to Holland, and Felix Borja to Greece.

Source: Xinhua

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