Tiago signs two-year contract with Atlético

The midfielder joins Atleti on a permanent deal after a season and a half on loan

Tiago at the Vicente Calderón(clubatleticodemadrid.com)

Tiago at the Vicente Calderón
(clubatleticodemadrid.com)

Atlético’s official site reports Tiago stopped by the offices of the Vicente Calderón on Wednesday and agreed to a two-year deal with Atleti, after having been released by Juventus.

The Portuguese midfielder arrived to los Rojiblancos in the 2009/10 January transfer window on loan from the Bianconeri.

After a long-drawn-out process over the summer of 2010, Atlético successfully negotiated his temporary stay for the entirety of the 2010/11 campaign.

There were some doubts about his future as a Colchonero back in the beginning of the year, when it was reported Atlético directors were ready to part ways with the veteran.

But new manager Gregorio Manzano made it clear that Tiago was a part of his plans for the team, so the former Portuguese international was offered a contract.

The 30-year-old will not be traveling with his team-mates to Andalusia for Thursday’s triangular friendly against local side Granada and Turkish outfit Besiktas.

Instead, Tiago will train alone in Madrid and re-join the squad upon their return as he looks to be fit in time for our Europa League qualifier on the 28th of July.


  • 7th

    so, will this triangle friendly torunment be televized?

    I wanna watch.

  • starvs

    7th, I believe I read on twitter it will be on Telemadrid?

  • Chalet

    We might have some overbooking in the midfield now but somehow I always liked the lad and therefore I am fine with this decision.

  • starvs

    Chalet, yeah I agree I like him and what he brings to the team, I think he is a solid all around midfielder with a good attitude. My only issue is that it may mean less development time for Mario and Koke. But at the same time maybe they will take the opportunity to learn from an experienced vetran.

    I think we should get rid of RG (obviosly…), Paulo, and as much as it pains me to say it, probably Elias. I really want to see him prove himself because I think he has potential, but with the overbooking and passport issues I think it’s best he goes, maybe just on loan though…

  • Chalet

    Starvs//

    Haha, ‘Getting rid of RG’ could be the running gag throughout every single transfer window… 😉

    I am absolutely with you.

    In my eyes Tiago is a proven midfielder who can help the likes of Mario and Koke to develop.

    Upt to now I´m not quite sure about Elías – he didn´t play that much and therefore it´s difficult to judge him.
    The passport issue is always a problem, though.

  • 7th

    why are we only allowed to have three foreign players only, not all of us, but everyone except real madrid and barcelona?

    especially, real madrid, almost all their players are not spanish.

    pfft

  • starvs

    7th, here is more detail on the rules.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Liga#Eligibility_of_non-EU_players

    Kaka for example has Italian citizenship and Higuain was born in France.

    I had no idea about the Cotonou Agreement though, pretty interesting.

  • palc

    I think they should increase that number to four. Would be better for the overall competiotion, but it might hinder the development of spanish homegrown players though. Take a look at the “english” Premier League.