Atletico Madrid sign Sevilla's Vitolo despite registration ban

Atletico Madrid sign Sevilla's Vitolo despite registration ban

The former Las Palmas man, who will now rejoin his former club fir six months, has been heavily linked with a move to Atletico Madrid in the past, but the club's transfer ban made it much more difficult to thrash out a deal.

The transfer takes place despite Sevilla chief José Castro saying on Monday that Vitolo had agreed to a new, five-year contract at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

However, with Atleti unable to field signings until January, Vitolo now moves back to his old club - Las Palmas - for whom he'll play for until January, when he can join up with Diego Simeone's squad and be officially registered as an Atletico Madrid player. "It's a dream to play in LaLiga with the club of my life".

"Vitolo, who is 27, is a football player of proven experience and quality, who has defended the shirt of the senior national team 11 times and has become one the most unbalancing players of the League in the last seasons", the 10-time La Liga champions added.

After flying to Madrid on Tuesday, Vitolo underwent a medical with Atleti on Wednesday morning before activating his Sevilla release clause at LaLiga's offices.

"Atlético de Madrid has reached an agreement with Víctor Machín Perez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the football player rescinded his contract with Sevilla Fútbol Club".

Vitolo helped Sevilla win three Europa League titles from 2014-16 and has been capped 11 times by Spain.