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Atletico Madrid hand Marcos Llorente Rodri’s shirt number to all but confirm Man City move

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:38, 28 June 2019

Atletico Madrid have presented latest signing Marcos Llorente with their No 14 shirt, which linked-away midfielder Rodri has worn to date.

The 24-year-old made the short journey from boyhood club and city rivals Real Madrid, thus ending a near decade association with Europe’s most decorated club.

Rodri to leave? Five key things to know…

  • Rodri returned to Atletico Madrid, where he spent six years as a youth player, from Villarreal in 2018.
  • He’s since gone on to make 47 appearances in all competitions, registering three goals and one assist.
  • His present contract with Atletico, which has a £63m release clause, expires in June 2023.
  • Manchester City and Bayern Munich have been heavily linked with the seven-time capped Spain international.
  • Marcos Lllorente will wear his No 14 jersey from next season.

Llorente, who made no fewer than 39 appearances in all competitions for Los Blancos, officially becomes a Rojiblanco when this summer’s transfer window opens on July 1.

“I want to thank Enrique, Miguel Angel, Andrea Berta and the club for betting on me, for trusting me and letting me be part of this great project. I’m very happy and excited, I cannot wait to start this,” he told the assembled press.

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After being presented with his new squad number, attention quickly went to Rodri and his future at the club. Since joining from Villarreal in 2018 he’s donned the No 14 and with Llorente now in possession of that jersey, speculation regarding an imminent departure has intensified.

Bayern Munich and Manchester City have been heavily associated with the Spanish deep-lying midfielder who has a £63m release clause inserted in his contract. City, according to reports, are willing to make him their most expensive acquisition as Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen his championship-winning squad.

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