A day after confirming the signing of Uruguay international and former Porto man Cristian ‘Cebolla’ Rodríguez, Atlético have announced their second free transfer of the summer window: Emre Belözoglu.
The Turkey international has agreed to a two-year deal with los Colchoneros, where he will join countryman Arda Turan, thus ending his four-year spell at Fenerbahçe after having previously suited up for such noteworthy clubs as Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Newcastle United.
The midfielder is scheduled to arrive in Madrid on Thursday according to Atleti’s official site, when he will undergo a medical and sign his new contract.
“Emre has what it takes to triumph at Atlético,” said national selection team-mate Arda of the latest Rojiblanco.
“He has shown the personality necessary to take the reins of big clubs and his experience can help us greatly in key matches. For me, he is like an older brother, I have learned a lot from him.”
Atlético sporting director José Luis Pérez Caminero added: “With Emre, we bring in a new profile to our midfield. We were after his quality passing and his control of play. His experience should offer even more strength to our squad, one of the youngest in the league.”
Emre has been somewhat of a controversial figure, having been accused of racism on two separate occasions in 2007 while in England, and this past season in Turkey.
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