Atletico Madrid snaps up Gamez

The Spanish champion continues to strengthen its squad ahead of the defense of the La Liga crown, with the defender penning a three-year contract with the club.

Atletico Madrid has bolstered its defense with the signing of Malaga fullback Jesus Gamez.

The 29-year-old will compete with Juanfran for the right back spot following the departure of Javier Manquillo to Liverpool.

Gamez has penned a three-year deal and will join a much-changed squad from that which claimed La Liga title last season.

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Top scorer Diego Costa and fullback Filipe Luis have left for Chelsea, which has also reclaimed on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, while forward Adrian has joined Porto.

Coming in are France winger Antoine Griezmann, Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic and Brazilian left back Guilherme Siqueira.

Gamez came through the youth ranks at Malaga before breaking into the first team in 2005.

Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero was pleased to have him on board, telling the club’s official website: “Gamez is a fullback with quality and experience who will reinforce our defense and increase the group’s internal competitiveness.

“He can also play in a central position, allowing us to have other variables in the defensive game. His experience will be helpful to the group.”