Atletico Madrid have signed Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente for a reported transfer fee of €40m.
Atletico Madrid have finalised the signing of Marcos Llorente from their city rivals Real Madrid on a five-year deal over a transfer reported to be worth €40million, on Thursday after he passed the medical at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra.
Llorente is expected to replace Rodri at the Wanda Metropolitano amid strong rumours that his compatriot is on the brink of a big-money move to Manchester City.
Atletico Madrid issued a club statement: “We welcome a great footballer to whom we wish the best of luck in this beautiful new challenge.”
After joining Real Madrid’s youth set-up aged 14, Llorente progressed through the ranks, making his first-team debut in 2015 before being loaned out to Alaves the following season. The 24-year-old also had an impressive loan spell at Alaves in 2016/17 and won the U-21 European Championship that summer with Spain. His new team-mate Saul Niguez was also a part of that winning side. Llorente made 36 appearances in total and scored twice, during his time at Real Madrid. But he has made just seven LaLiga appearances last season and will hope for more opportunities with Atletico Madrid.
Llorente wrote on Twitter, with a picture of him holding the Club World Cup: “I was a child who, like so many others, dreamed of playing football. I grew up and started dreaming about playing at Real Madrid. I learned and put everything aside to do it and my dream was fulfilled. But you can never stop working, no matter how much you succeed, nor stop dreaming, no matter how much some dreams come true.
Today I leave Real Madrid, which has been my home since I was 14 years old. I leave with no regrets.”
Llorente is following in the footsteps of his father, Paco, and his grandfather, Ramon Grosso, who also represented both of the Spanish capital’s biggest clubs. Thibaut Courtois, Theo Hernandez, Raul, Alvaro Morata, Santiago Solari and Bernd Schuster have also played for both the city rivals – Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
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