Atlético Madrid made a key defensive reinforcement on transfer window deadline day, confirming Reinildo Mandava’s arrival from Lille on a contract to 2025.
Reinildo was in Madrid final week to signal a pre-contract for the summer time, however the settlement shall be introduced ahead as Lille and Atlético introduced the left-back’s switch with an hour left within the winter window.
Atleti pays Lille a fee around €3 million to finish the deal now somewhat than in July, when the participant’s contract was because of expire.
“We have now integrated into our group a strong footballer, able to protecting all the left flank, and a participant who may be very troublesome to beat due to his sturdy physique,” Atleti’s statement learn. “As well as, he is superb within the air due to his leaping means, which makes him safe within the aerial recreation on the again and a hazard from set items in assault.”
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Reinildo joined Lille on mortgage from Belenenses in 2019 and emerged as one of many prime full-backs in France. The Mozambique worldwide’s defensive skillset comes highly-regarded, and he’s set to compete for minutes with Renan Lodi — who is presented offensively however has struggled defensively over his two-and-a-half years in Madrid.
Much like how Daniel Wass’s arrival from Valencia will free Marcos Llorente to return to his most well-liked midfield place, Reinildo will permit Yannick Carrasco to focus way more on attacking in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 formation.