Rodri completes Atletico Madrid move from Villarreal

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It is a transfer that has been on the cards for several months, but the 21-year-old is finally heading home to the Spanish capital on a five-year deal

Atletico Madrid have completed a move for Villarreal midfielder Rodri on a five-year deal.

The Europa League winners confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old on Thursday following prolonged speculation.

Rodri will officially join Diego Simeone's side on July 1, having made 47 appearances for Villarreal in the 2017-18 campaign.

He also made his Spain debut, featuring in the 1-1 draw against Germany in March.

The former Atletico youth talent plays as a holding midfielder and won the European Under-19 Championship with Spain in 2015.

Rodri is returning to his roots in the Spanish capital as a player being tipped to achieve big things.

Those he is leaving behind at Villarreal are, however, of the opinion that he is moving on "too soon".

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Club president Fernando Roig told reporters in the wake of a deal first being announced: "He is leaving too soon.

"The player has already announced that he is leaving, with a sense of regret and sorrow that he is doing so, and I would have liked him stay with us for many more years but it wasn’t to be."

Roig added on dealings with Atletico: "We have come to the best arrangement possible for all three parties, with a club that talk a lot but don't back that up with their actions. But that’s the way life is and that’s the way football is, so we’ll accept the situation sportingly and that’s that."

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