Marcos Llorente: Atletico Madrid sign defensive midfielder from Real Madrid

Marcos Llorente
Llorente won the Champions League with Real in 2018

Atletico Madrid have signed defensive midfielder Marcos Llorente from rivals Real Madrid on a five-year deal.

The Spaniard, 24, who joined Real in 2008, made his senior debut in 2015 before a season on loan at Alaves.

Llorente, a 2018 Champions League winner, has scored twice in 39 games for Real's first team, including 16 appearances last season.

The Spanish under-21 regular is likely to be a replacement for defensive midfielder Rodri.

Manchester City are in talks with Atletico to sign Spanish international Rodri and are willing to pay his £62.6m release clause.

Llorente has followed in his father and grandfather's footsteps as both played for both Real and Atletico.

Front page of Spanish sports newspaper AS
Friday's front page of Spanish sports newspaper AS carries Llorente's family connections to Atletico, with the headline "A red and white dynasty"

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