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Geoffrey Kondogbia has completed a €10 million move to Atletico Madrid from Valencia on Tuesday morning.
Kondogbia had been identified by Atletico as an ideal replacement for Thomas Partey, who has joined Arsenal,
with the deal allowed outside of the transfer window due to La Liga rules on allowing clubs a 30-day window to replace players
(with a Spain-based player) who have departed due to their release clause being met by another club.
The Central Africa Republic international had become a star at the Mestalla in recent years, scoring seven goals across 104 appearances
since his initial 2017 switch from Inter – helping the club to the 2019 Copa del Rey title alongside successive Champions League qualifications.
Atletico announced Kondogbia’s arrival via an official statement on their website, which reads:
“Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Valencia for the transfer of
Geoffrey Kondogbia who will play for our club for the remainder of the year and three more seasons.
“A talented player arrives at Atletico Madrid, with great physical power that makes him rule the centre of the field.
“His good ball stealing also makes him stand out when it comes to intercepting opponent’s attacking plays,
making him a very complete midfielder both for defensive tasks and for cutting-edge work when mounting counter-attacks.
“Thus, we welcome a player who joins our project with the greatest enthusiasm.”
Agreement with @valenciacf_en over the transfer of Geoffrey Kondogbia. The midfielder has signed a contract until 2024.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 3, 2020
Atletico have benefitted from La Liga’s rule which allows any club that sees a player leave after having their release clause
triggered to sign a replacement from Spain within a four-week period.