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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid Sign Méline Gerard

The 31-year-old goalkeeper comes from Real Betis.

Sevilla FC V Real Betis Balompie - Primera Division Femenina Photo by Joaquin Corchero / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images

Real Madrid Femenino have completed their fifth transfer of the season by signing French goalkeeper Méline Gerard from Real Betis.

The 31-year-old is one of the most experienced shot stoppers around, having played for PSG, AS Montigny, AS Saint-Étienne, Olympique Lyon, Montpellier, and Real Betis from 2007-2021.

She will add a veteran presence to a keeper lineup that has been filled with youthful exuberance up until now, though it is expected that the 21-year-old Zamora winner Misa Rodríguez will keep her place as a starter.

Believe it or not, there are still more signings that are likely to materialize, such as Athenea del Castillo from Deportivo Abanca and Rocío Gálvez from Levante. Real Madrid are quite serious about quickly turning their women’s side into viable league contenders and that requires this kind of influx of talent, though there is still some ways to go before Las Blancas reach FC Barcelona’s level.

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