MK Dons release Peruvian winger Cristian Benavente from contract

Cristian Benavente
Cristian Benavente played 33 times for Real Madrid's reserve side, which was managed by Zinedine Zidane

MK Dons have released Peruvian winger Cristian Benavente less than six months into a two-year contract.

The 21-year-old, signed from Real Madrid Castilla, made five appearances for the Championship side.

"Cristian has conducted himself in a highly professional manner since arriving, despite not playing as much first-team football as he would have liked," said Dons boss Karl Robinson.external-link

"We felt he was still quite a way from making an impact in the first team."

Benavente had been called the "Peruvian Ronaldinho" and featured 33 times for Real Madrid's reserve side under manager Zinedine Zidane - who replaced sacked boss Rafael Benitez on Monday.

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