Augusto Fernandez Joins Atletico Madrid From Celta Vigo

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Atletico Madrid have signed midfielder Augusto Fernandez from Celta Vigo for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a successful three-and-a-half year spell at Celta, scoring 10 goals in 122 appearances, and helping to guide them to fifth in the table so far this season.

He already has title-winning experience under Atletico head coach Diego Simeone as they won the Argentine Clausura title together when at River Plate in 2008.

“It is an important signing that gives us options in midfield,” said Simeone.

His arrival is expected to cover for the absence of the injured Tiago, who will be out until March with a broken leg.

“He is a player with veritable experience in La Liga, who will offer quality and competition to a great central midfield like ours,” said Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero.

“His incorporation will help us with the demands of challenging in three competitions in the coming months.”

Atletico are joint top of La Liga with Barcelona, albeit having played a game more than the European champions, and have reached the last 16 of both the Copa del Rey and Champions League.

Fernandez’s registration won’t be cleared in time to face Levante on Saturday, so he could even make his debut by returning to Balaidos when Atletico travel to Celta on January 10.