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Levante striker Alex Alegria has thanked Real Madrid for sending him a letter wishing him a speedy recovery from the ligament injury that has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Madrid have a custom of sending letters to players who have suffered bad injuries, whether or not the players have any connection to the club.

Alegria, on loan at Levante from Real Betis, posted a picture of the letter, signed by Real’s director of institutional affairs Emilio Butragueno, on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for the gesture.

The letter said: “Dear Alex, On behalf of those that work at Real Madrid, especially our president, Florentino Perez, we want to send you our best wishes and [wish you a] speedy recovery from your injury.”

It followed a similar format to one that injured Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore recently received from Madrid.

Watmore underwent a knee operation last month that will keep him out until next season, and the player’s father said Real’s letter had given him a “real lift.” 

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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