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Goodbye Luccin, Hello Motta!

Posted by atleti on August 31, 2007

After three long seasons with Atleti, Frenchman Peter Luccin has joined Real Zaragoza after both clubs agreed to a fee of around €2.8 million. THANK YOU, ZARAGOZA! He joins ex-Atleti midfielder Gabi, who joined the Aragon club earlier in the transfer window.

 

Atleti have replaced him with Barcelona’s Thiago Motta on a season-long contract. It’s official, too: the club’s website says so. The more I think about it, the more I think the 24 year old will play an important role this season– he can play both as a defensive midfielder and as a defender. More details and official photo as it becomes available. He’ll be officially presented on Monday, according to Sport.

Meanwhile, the Riquelme situation is on ‘Stand by’ apparently (with no official announcement on the club website yet). To be honest, the more I think about it, the more this possible transfer move bothers me. If he doesn’t join the club, I won’t be heart-broken. Riquelme is easily one of my favourite players and an Argentine to boot, but if he’s unhappy with his surroundings he cannot (and will not) perform to the best of his ability. I don’t know the specific details on Villarreal, except that he had a falling out with management over there and refused to play anymore. I’d hate to see the same thing happen at Atleti. I hope for the best, either way.

UPDATE (31-AUGUST): RIQUELME DID NOT TRANSFER TO THE CLUB.

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2 Responses to “Goodbye Luccin, Hello Motta!”

  1. Linda said

    Good luck to him, a Barca youth product who’s just had really bad luck with injuries. Rijkaard thinks that Motta is like him as a player and always rated him, but I think he needed a change of scene.

    Do you know any details, like how much he moved for?

    (Congrats on off-loading Luccin!)

  2. atleti said

    Yes, hopefully a change of scenery & a new set of players will rejuvenate his career! According to Sport, it’s 1 million for 07/08, and, if he decides to renew his contract at the end of the season, 2 million on top of that.

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