Gabi bids farewell to Real Zaragoza

Zaragoza confirms the midfielder will be joining Atlético

Gabi at Friday's press conference (

Gabi at Friday's press conference (

While there’s still no official word from the Vicente Calderón, Real Zaragoza confirmed early Friday that Gabi is on his way back to Atlético.

The midfielder bid farewell to his club of four seasons at a press conference, thanking Zaragoza fans for all their support.

“I’ll never forget the good times, which have been many, as well as the affection from the fans,” he said.

“Real Zaragoza has helped me regain my enthusiasm for football.”

Los Maños had some kind words for Gabi in return on their official site, which read:

“Gabi has defended the Real Zaragoza shirt for four seasons, in which he has shown his honour, professionalism and commitment.”

The 28-year-old featured in 142 matches for Zaragoza and served as captain of the squad the last two seasons. It is believed we will pay Zaragoza €3 million for him.

Curiously, while Atleti haven’t formally announced the signing of the Rojiblanco youth system product, he is included in manager Gregorio Manzano’s list of players due back on Monday for the start of the preseason. This list was published on Atleti’s official website.

  • javi

    Wow, with signings like this we will surely be in champions next year….

  • Davide

    Actually Gabi has been instrumental for Zaragoza. These last two years (specially this recent season) he has shown a very high level of football and leadership that i personally did not know he posessed.

    He is hard working loyal midfielder who doesn’t stop running to often. I think it’s a excellent transfer by Atlético to strengthen the squad (not first eleven).

    For this kind of money i am happy with what kind of player and quality we are getting. And it’s never wrong to bring back cantera graduates to whete they first tasted the mothers milk of football. LOVE!

    I hope that he is Raul Garcias replacement….

  • Javi

    I was hoping more for the playmaker starter that we need not more backups

  • He should be RG replacement, not Tiago’s.

    Again, we have some serious overbooking in the middle:
    Assuncao, RG, Elias, Koke, Mario, Gabi… I hope we offload Assuncao and RG and keep the latter 4, though I have no idea who should be in the first eleven…

  • 7th

    I thought I would be against him coming again,

    but he has improved alot. he can keep possession and intercept the momentum of play. a perfect mid for us. he should be startlet along with super mario. a great replacement for tiago i would say.

  • Ian

    Now all that’s left is to force Raul Garcia away.
    I’m pretty impressed at how the club can force de gea out but not Raul Garcia