Thomas Lemar has been unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player after official confirmation of his £52million transfer from AS Monaco.
The versatile, World Cup-winning France midfielder was presented by his new club on Monday afternoon in the auditorium of Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano home.
‘I’m very happy to be here. I really want to meet all my new team-mates. I’ve met a few, but I want to meet them all,’ Lemar said, per the official Atletico website.
‘I also really want to meet the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano.’
‘(France team-mates) Antoine (Griezmann) and Lucas (Hernandez) have told me lots about the club. I’m very happy with the decision I made.
‘I know this team demands hard work and I’ll give it my all for the team. If I need to run more, I’ll do it without a problem.’
Lemar agreed to join Atletico in June and arrived in Madrid last week to undergo a medical check-up at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra before training for the first time after cutting short his post-World Cup holiday.
The 22-year-old featured just once during France’s memorable triumph in Russia, forming part of a much-changed side for a dour goalless draw against Denmark in Group C.
He has been handed the No 11 shirt at Atletico previously worn by Argentine forward Angel Correa, who will inherit the No 10 vacated by Yannick Carrasco following the latter’s move to Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang in February.
Monaco thanked Lemar for his three years of service on social media with a tweet that read:
‘Best wishes to Thomas on his new adventure in Spain with Atletico! Thanks for three incredible seasons, Thomas.’
Lemar won the Ligue 1 title in the principality in 2016/17 and also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. His final season at Monaco, which came after a proposed switch to Arsenal collapsed, ended with a second-place domestic finish.
‘At just 22 years old, he’s already shown his quality and talent at Monaco, which brought him to the French national team,’ said Atletico president Enrique Cerezo.
‘Just a few weeks ago, they won the World Cup in Russia. Thomas, we know that your teammates and friends Antoine Greiezmann and Lucas Hernandez have already told you what it means to defend this red and white shirt.
‘We also know how excited you are to come to Atlético de Madrid and we’re sure your arrival will help us reach our goals.’