Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Atletico agree deal to sign Llorente from rivals Madrid

Atletico agree deal to sign Llorente from rivals Madrid

Before leaving Real Madrid, it was reported that Zinedine Zidane told Llorente that he will not be part of his plan for next season, and the Spaniard has no choice than to leave.

He leaves with two years remaining on his contract, having initially signed an extension in September 2017 that took him through until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Atletico Madrid are to sign defensive midfielder Marcos Llorente from rivals Real Madrid on a five-year deal, pending a medical.

Several clubs had been linked, including Premier League champions Manchester City, who were reportedly eyeing him as an alternative to their priority target Rodri.

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After spending more than €300 million on five new players in this window already, Real Madrid's first departure has now officially been announced.

"We welcome a great football player and wish him the best of luck in this lovely and new challenge defending the Atlético de Madrid shirt".

Signed to the Madrid youth system in 2008, he made his debut for the club in October 2015 as a substitute and scored his first goal last December against Al-Ain in the Club World Cup final, in which he was named man of the match.

Good news for Man City? So, Atletico Madrid have not just managed to secure the services of a replacement for Rodri, but are now also set to pocket €30 million from the domino effect, once Rodri joins Manchester City.

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