Arbeloa leaves Real
On July 24, 2006 after the departure of Castilla striker Roberto Soldado, a second Castilla player left Real Madrid's training camp is Austria, Real Madrid Castilla's Captain, no. 17 Álvaro Arbeloa.
The 23-year-old left Real and said: "This is a strange situation for me, I have been playing for Real Madrid Castilla for 5 years, since i was 18 years old, Real was nothing but good to me, but it's time for me to go. Real has the best players in the world, although that is great for the club, unfortunately that's not so great for Cantera players, only a few of us can find there place in the first team, and even those how find there place in the first team like Álvaro Mejía and Paco Pavon are only 3rd or 4th pick and that is why I want to live the club, to a club where I can get some play time, in the Primera Liga of course.
Deportivo de La Coruña is one of the best clubs in Spain, and with Joaquín Caparrós as head coach I will certainly get more experience, and get better, what is most important is that he will have confidence in me. I have enjoyed my time in real, and I thank everybody who helped me. I'm leaving Madrid to play more, no other reason."