Welcome, Reinildo!

The Mozambican defender becomes a new Red & White player. Our club have reached an agreement with Lille over the transfer of Reinildo, who has signed a contract until 2025.

Alvaro Martínez Irigaray

Atlético de Madrid have reached an agreement with Lille for the transfer of Reinildo Mandava. The footballer, born in Beira (Mozambique, January 21, 1994), signs until 2025.

Joins our team a physically very strong player who takes up a lot of space on the left side. Defensively, he is a player who is very difficult to overcome and very forceful in one on one. In addition, his good physical conditions make him cover the entire left flank, joining the attack. Reinildo Mandava highlighted in his native country, first at Ferroviario da Beira, in his city, and later at Grupo Desportivo Maputo. This made him land in Portuguese football where he was able to grow in several teams: Benfica B, Fafe, Sporting Covilhã and Belenenses.

After his good performances, he attracted attention in France and joined LOSC LiIle during the 2019 winter market. Since his arrival, the Mozambican took over the left side. Last season he was one of the pillars of Lille to win the French league. Also, last season, he played a total of 35 games, owning Lille's left-back and being named in the Ligue 1 XI of the Year as a left-back. He is a player with experience in Europe. Last season he played in the Europa League with Lille, and this season he has played all six games in the Champions League group stage.

In addition to his performance at club level, he is one of the referents in Mozambique national team. He has played a total of 31 games, scoring two goals. Is also one of the captains of the Mozambican national team.

We add to our team a footballer with great power, capable of covering the entire left flank and who is very difficult to beat thanks to his good physique. In addition, he is very good with his head thanks to his jumping power, which makes him a sure thing in the aerial game and a danger from set pieces in attack. In this way, a player with experience and proven in Europe arrives at our club.

Welcome Reinildo Mandava!