Atlético’s latest signing, striker Adrián López, was unveiled at the Vicente Calderón on Tuesday afternoon in the company of retired former Rojiblanco defender and fellow Asturian Clemente Villaverde and Atleti sporting director José Luis Caminero.
“I’m very happy to have finally arrived at Atlético, one of the big clubs,” Adrián said at his presentation before admitting, “When I knew of their interest in me, I didn’t even have to think about it.”
After Monday’s ruling in favour of the forward and against Deportivo’s claim that he remained contractually bound to the Galician outfit, he was free to sign with los Rojiblancos.
The 23-year-old put pen to paper Tuesday morning, signing a four-year contract with Atleti.
“I didn’t have any doubts that my transfer would be resolved, although, having to wait for the verdict made me very nervous,” he said.
“Competition is good for all of us. My goal is to make it to the highest level of all the competitions we participate in.”
The forward is a product of Real Oviedo, debuting in the 2005/06 season with the first team of the Segunda División B side at the age of 17.
Adrián joined Deportivo in the summer of 2006, and in the past five seasons has been sent out on two loan spells, one with Deportivo Alavés and the other with Málaga.
The UEFA U-21 European Championship Golden Boot winner has featured in 124 matches in the Spanish top flight, scoring a modest total of 17 goals in his Primera División career.
Eight of those strikes came last season though, in Depor’s 2010/11 relegation-bound campaign.
The front-man is Atleti’s fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Gabi, Sílvio and Miranda.