Just a day after it was reported that he was allowed to leave for free, Paulo Assunção has joined a new club.
The Brazilian midfielder returns to his home country to play for Sao Paulo.
In an official statement on the club’s website, Atlético made no mention of a transfer fee for the defensive midfielder who joined in the summer of 2008.
Since that time Assunção made 139 appearances for Atleti and scored one goal. He was vital in Atlético’s Europa League and UEFA Super Cup winning team, but had a diminished role under Diego Simeone this past season.
On Friday Paulo left Atlético’s training camp in Los Ángeles de San Rafael to complete his move to Brazil. It’s expected that he’ll say his goodbyes to the Rojiblanco faithful at a later point, but he did have this to say:
“I’ve had the best moments of my career [at Atlético], winning three European titles. I’ll always remember my time at Atlético.”
“I have been very happy with my teammates and the fans, who have always given me their adoration. I hope everything will go well this season and that [Atleti] can pursue their goals.”
As big fans of the often underappreciated Assunção, we would like to thank him for his efforts and commitment, and wish him nothing but the best with this new step in his career.