Vi­tolo to join Atletico in 2018

The Hamilton Spectator - - RACING 2017 - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Atletico Madrid says Spain for­ward Vic­tor (Vi­tolo) Machin has agreed to join the soc­cer club when its ban on new play­ers ends in Jan­uary.

Un­til then, Atletico says Vi­tolo will leave cur­rent club Sevilla and play the first half of the up­com­ing sea­son at his boy­hood club in the Ca­nary Is­lands, Las Pal­mas. The un­ortho­dox agree­ment is Atletico’s way of get­ting around the FIFA-im­posed ban from reg­is­ter­ing new play­ers un­til 2018 for hav­ing bro­ken rules re­gard­ing the trans­fer of un­der­age play­ers.

Atletico says that the 27-year-old Vi­tolo has agreed to a con­tract that will keep him at the club from 2018 un­til June ’22.

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