Real Madrid have signed Uruguayan internationals Pablo Garcia and Carlos Diogo.

Midfielder Garcia, whose transfer was confirmed yesterday, has signed a four-year contract while defender Diogo a five-year deal.

Garci will compete for the midfield holding role at Real with Denmark’s Thomas Gravesen.

Diogo, 21, signed from Argentine side River Plate, is a versatile player who can play at the back or in midfield.

The arrival of Garcia in particular appears to undermine recet press reports that Real were planning to entice Steven Gerrard away from Liverpool.