Atletico se­cure Vi­tolo deal de­spite FIFA ban

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Atletico Madrid said yes­ter­day they had signed Span­ish in­ter­na­tional Vic­tor Machin Perez, known as ‘Vi­tolo’, from Sevilla but im­me­di­ately loaned him to Las Pal­mas to com­ply with a FIFA re­cruit­ment ban. “Atletico de Madrid has reached an agree­ment with VÌc­tor MachÌn Perez, Vi­tolo, for the next five years after the foot­ball player re­scinded his con­tract with Sevilla,” Atletico said on their web­site. The 27-yearold winner of three Europa Leagues and 11 in­ter­na­tional caps will ini­tially join Las Pal­mas on loan un­til Jan­uary 1, 2018, when Atletico’s re­cruit­ment ban ex­pires. The ban was im­posed after the club had bro­ken strict rules on the re­cruit­ment of youth play­ers. Sevilla pres­i­dent Jose Cas­tro had said on Mon­day he had of­fered the player a new fiveyear deal at the club as the strug­gle for the gifted mid­fielder’s ser­vices heated up. But Span­ish sports daily Marca re­ported that Atletico has now met the Sevilla re­lease clause for Vi­tolo of 37.5 mil­lion eu­ros ($43 mil­lion) and that the player passed his med­i­cal yes­ter­day. — AFP

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