Atletico Madrid officially sign Marcos Llorente

Sports Saturday 22/June/2019 21:44 PM
By: Times News Service
Atletico Madrid officially sign Marcos Llorente

Madrid: Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid for a fee of 40 million euros.

The 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal and will act as Rodri Hernandez's replacement, with many sides interested in paying his 70 million euro release clause.

Zinedine Zidane informed Llorente that he was not counting on him for next season and the midfielder then learnt of Atletico's interest, at which point he prioritised Los Rojiblancos over any other club.

Atletico have all of what Llorente was looking for: the request of his new coach, Diego Simeone; a side that is in the Champions League and is ambitious; a team that could financially complete the deal, rather than it being another loan; and, if that was not enough, in his city of Madrid, where he has his family, partner, friends, personal trainer and also his business. Simeone even wanted him two years ago. He's finally got his man.

The main stumbling block for a long period in the deal was Real Madrid. The idea of Llorente, a player who had come through their academy, going to play for Atletico is a bitter pill to swallow. However, although they wanted teams like Roma and Inter to enter the fight to sign him, they ended up accepting the deal. Economically, it is a good sale as Madrid need to generate funds after their extravagant summer thus far while Llorente was willing to do everything to force the transfer to happen.

It seemed as though Llorente was ready to become one of the future leaders of Los Blancos back in December, when Santiago Solari was the head coach, but Zidane does not seem to rate him; not in his first spell and not his second either. In fact, the midfielder would have left Madrid last season, had Zidane not departed.

He will now be led by Simeone, a coach who will exploit his physical and defensive skills. On paper, Llorente looks perfect for the Argentine. Atletico, meanwhile, are getting a hungry 24-year-old who will want to prove Madrid and Zidane wrong for letting him leave, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported.