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Agreement with Villarreal over the transfer of Rodri

The 21-year-old Spanish midfielder has signed a five-year-deal with our club.

Our club has reached an agreement with Villarreal over the transfer of Rodri. The midfielder will be an Atlético player starting 1 July on a five-year-contract.

Rodrigo Hernández Cascante, a 21-year-old 1.90 meters tall midfielder born in Madrid, is coming home, since he formed part of our Academy for five seasons before joining Villarreal. He made his debut for Villarreal in the 2015/16 season and became a member of the first team in the following league campaign playing 31 games. In the 2017/18 season, he played 47 official matches for Villarreal scored once and gave four assists.

Rodri is also a Spanish international. He won the UEFA European Under-19 Championship with Spain in 2015 and is a regular in the U21 squad. In March, he made his debut for the senior side against Germany this year.

He's a very talented midfielder, with excellent positioning and aerial play. His forté is recovering the ball and in the 2017/18 season he did so 320 times for his team, making him the player with the most recoveries in LaLiga. Rodri is also very good with the ball on his feet and was the third player with the highest pass success rate (2,470).