Atlético made the signing of Vitolo official on July 12, 2017. For the second part of the course, yes, since the FIFA sanction that weighed on the Atletico club prevented new players from registering until January 1, 2018. The news put an end to the soap opera that had been mounted around the arrival of the Canary to the Metropolitan Wanda, with Seville and Las Palmas as the other two leading clubs. Because the one presided over by José Castro had even announced the renewal of the international, while that of the island was completed with the services of the player as a bridge team during the first months of the campaign. Because in the end the litigation ended with Vitolo wearing the yellow until December and joining the campus of Cholo in January … not without complaint through.

An authentic summer novel that is now far away, but that marked the return of Diego Costa that summer transfer period … in which you could not sign signings. The fact is that Vitolo had to start winning the position since January, something very complicated attending to the competition that exists in Simeone’s locker room to gain a place in the starting line-up. The exsevillista went from less to more, improving with the passage of the trainings and also of the parties. He finished the season with 23 official duels defending the rojiblanca, 13 of them as a starter, and celebrating three goals. He missed the final of the Europa League, though: he had just come out of an injury and the coaching staff chose to leave him in the stands.

The next Vitolo course will have the opportunity to fight since the start of the preseason, a point in his favor. Last year he could not do it, but he does not lose it. The canary is eager and that is why, although he is now enjoying his vacations, he has already started crushing on his own. The arrival of Lemar and Rodrigo has done more than expand the competition in that center of the field where Koke and Saul seem to have an assured position; where Gabi, in spite of the 34 years that she shines in her card, continues fulfilling season after season; and where Thomas has grown up and convinced Simeone to play in many starting cases. The ex-Monaco and the Villarreal will be two new obstacles to save in the race for the ownership that will have its kick-off on July 11, when the Atlético end their holidays. It will not be easy, but Vitolo is not willing to give up.

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June 27, 2018

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