Official: Rodrigo De Paul joins Atletico Madrid

Official: Rodrigo De Paul joins Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have officially announced the signing of Rodrigo De Paul, who joins Diego Simeone's side from Udinese on a five-year deal after undergoing medicals in Buenos Aires on Monday.

Simeone has been key to convincing his compatriot to sign for the LaLiga Santander champions, after a season where he scored nine times and mustered 10 assists in Serie A.

Following an outstanding season in Italy, De Paul became a Copa America champion with Argentina, who won their first major trophy in 28 years.

The agreement between the three parties was reached weeks earlier but his signing was expected to be announced after the tournament came to an end.

Back in 2013, Simeone had claimed that De Paul was one of the greatest Argentine talents and fast forward eight years, the two men will now join forces at Atletico.

After Atletico confirmed his signing, De Paul said: 'I'm very happy, I'm going to join [the] champions and I'm conscious of the responsibility it carries,' De Paul stated hin his first official words as a player of the club. 'It is a big step in my football career.

'Because of my experience in Spanish football, I know very well Atl├ętico de Madrid, without counting with all the friends and colleagues I have playing in Spain.

'I'm very happy to have the opportunity of working under Simeone. I love football, it's part of my daily life, and having a manager [like him] is a privilege.'

The Argentine, who established himself as a key player in the national team during their Copa America success, had been a long-time target for Atletico and enjoyed a brilliant campaign in Serie A last season, scoring nine times and laying on 10 assists.

A friendly agent

De Paul's agent Agustin Jimenez is an old acquaintance for Atletico as he is also Angel Correa's representative and he was key to the team's efforts in signing the Argentine.

It remains to be seen whether De Paul will establish himself in Atletico's starting line-up, with Koke and Marcos Llorente being undisputed starters.

Saul Niguez could depart this summer, while Lucas Torreira, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Hector Herrera will all be competing for a spot in the first XI.

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