Atletico Madrid have this morning announced the signing of free agent Gelson Martins. The 23-year old has signed a six year deal with the club.
Gelson arrives at the Wanda Metropolitano following three years at Sporting Lisbon. Making his official debut for the club back in 2015 in the Taça de Portugal against Belenenses, when he was just 19 years old, the winger played 140 matches for the club, scoring 27 goals and providing 30 assists.
Martins’ time at the Estádio José Alvalade ended in bizarre terms, being one of seven first team players to terminate their contract following an attack from fans at the club’s training base.
Alongside new Real Betis signing William Carvalho, Portugal’s first choice goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Dutchman Das Bost, who had suffered a head injury in the attack, the Portuguese Players’ Union confirmed that Gelson had chosen to leave the club after it was believed that supporters launched the attack after the club missed out on a Champions League place on the final day of the league season and five days before they lost the Portuguese Cup final.
Gelson has also represented the Portuguese national side on 19 occasions and he made his debut for the national team when he was just 21 years old. He was a member of the country’s 2018 Fifa World Cup squad in Russia, and was an unused substitute in the country’s 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in Round of 16 Stage.
Martins becomes Atleti’s fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Frenchman Thomas Lemar, goalkeeper Antonio Adan and defensive midfielder Rodri. The club are also due to announce the imminent arrival of Jonny Castro, who will then head to Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season long loan.