French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is a new Atlético de Madrid footballer for the remainder of this season and three more, as confirmed this Monday by the rojiblanco team, which incorporates the midfielder from Valencia through a transfer to replace the Ghanaian Thomas Partey.
Kondogbia is now officially rojiblanco, transferred by Valencia, and signs for the remainder of this season and four more. His arrival was pending confirmation after having passed the medical examination in Madrid this Sunday as it could be seen in the images of several television channels.
A signing that Atlético has been able to complete thanks to the extraordinary period of one month granted by the LaLiga regulations to find a replacement, since Thomas left for Arsenal paying his contract termination clause, which allowed him to have 30 days more since that October 5.
The 27-year-old French midfielder joins Atlético after having been absent from the calls in recent weeks with Valencia due to a sore heel and having been very critical of the Valencian directive on social networks. “After having destroyed an ambitious project, you have had to deceive your coach and finally me. Thank you Anil Murthy,” he said.
With him, Simeone adds a footballer with the profile he needed: a containment and physical deployment midfielder to add to an area in which he has five players: Héctor Herrera, Lucas Torreira, Saúl Ñíguez, Koke Resurrección and Marcos Llorente, although the latter is already more interior or forward. None of them ensure the physical waste of the French.
In addition, the Frenchman is an experienced player in Spanish and European football: 104 official games with Valencia and 40 with Sevilla, in addition to having played for Monaco (64 games), Inter Milan (56) and Lens ( 39). He will not be able to play in the Champions League until the round of 16, if Atlético reaches that stage.