Sergio Reguilón was one of the Tottenham Hotspur players left out of Antonio Conte’s plans this season, which was made clear when the manager left him out of the travelling squad for the pre-season trip to South Korea, writes the SW.
The left-back had to wait until August 30th to get a move away from the north London club, when he completed a loan switch to Atlético Madrid.
Los Rojiblancos let Renan Lodi join Nottingham Forest on loan and his departure opened up the door for them to sign the 25-year-old from Tottenham.
The latest move has also allowed the Spain international to reunite with some of his national teammates at the Metropolitano. Reguilón was presented to the media today, and was asked how the deal to join Diego Simeone’s side took shape.
Reguilón has revealed he snubbed options to join other clubs in favour of making a switch to Atlético.
“My agent called me, he conveyed to me the interest of Atlético de Madrid, and in my head it was a boom. I said directly: yes, do your best to come here [take me there],” he said, as quoted by AS.
“There was interest from big clubs, that’s true, but as soon as I heard about the possibility of coming here, I said: please, do it as soon as possible. In fact, everything was done very quickly, everything was solved in 48 hours.
“For me it was a moment of great happiness, I remember telling my parents, they were super excited, and for me that has no price.”
“Atlético are a top team. What excites me the most is the ambition to win. I am a professional and I have no doubts about the club that is Atlético. Both Berta and the coach gave me their confidence and everything was very simple.”
Reguilón becomes the latest player with a past connection with Real Madrid to join their local rivals.
When asked whether he will celebrate if he scores against Los Blancos, he said: “I don’t know if I would celebrate it, I would have to see myself in the situation.”