Gelson Martins: I decided to sign for Atletico Madrid because of Simeone

Diego Simeone’s influence at Atletico Madrid is no secret and new signing Gelson Martins has revealed that he was decisive in persuading him to move from Portugal to Spain.

The switch is not without controversy as Sporting CP have reported Atletico following a dispute over Martins’ contract, but the winger is solely focused on excelling for his new club.

“Simeone was very important in my arrival,” he explained after landing in Madrid.

“I took the decision thanks to him and I know that I’ll really like working with Simeone.

“Atletico are a very strong team with big players, a team that I fit in perfectly with my style of play.

“I’m very happy to be here, it’s a very interesting project for me and I’m going to give my all for Atletico.”

The Portuguese international is now set to join his new teammates for pre-season training, alongside other stars returning from the World Cup who did not return in time to travel on tour to Singapore.

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