Spanish La Liga giants, Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Central African Republic midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from La Liga rivals Valencia for £18m.
The 27-year-old has signed a four-year contract with Atletico and replaces Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey, who joined Arsenal just before the transfer window closed after they activated his £45m release clause.
The club announced his departure on their website.
“Valencia FC have formalised an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the permanent transfer of Geoffrey Kondogbia.”
The 27-year-old Central African Republic international, who made 27 La Liga appearances for Valencia last season, was central to manager Javi Gracia’s plans, but he was disheartened by what he had seen at the Mestalla in recent months.
President Anil Murthy has sold the club’s best players, with four big sales this summer bringing in just £45m.
The exodus included Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin, who went to Villarreal, Rodrigo Moreno to Leeds United and Ferran Torres to Manchester City.
In addition, Ezequiel Garay was allowed to run down his contract and Florenzi returned to Roma and Jaume Costa to Villarreal, having both been on loan.
Kondogbia began his career with French side Lens before moving to sevilla where he had an ugly confrontation with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in a 2013 Copa Del Rey tie.
He later moved to French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco and Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan, before joining Valencia on loan in 2017 before completing a permanent move the following year.
Kondogbia made 104 appearances for Valencia during his time at the club, scoring seven goals and creating six assists.
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