Date published: Tuesday 10th November 2020 2:58
Atletico Madrid have beaten the likes of Tottenham and Real Madrid to the signing of rising Spain starlet David Vilan, according to a report.
The 17-year-old shone in recent months with Celta Vigo’s Under-19s ranks; indeed, he earned a promotion to that age group from the club’s youth ranks last summer.
AS reports that the teenager is also one of the most promising players in Spain’s youth set-up. Vilan made nine appearances for his country’s Under-16s before moving up to the Under-17s in January.
As such, several teams have continued to monitor his progress on both the domestic and international stages. Tottenham were among them, after handling ‘player reports’ from scouts.
However, Vilan has decided to move to Atletico, where he will begin training in the coming days. Indeed, it was the capital club who wanted to sign the attacking midfielder ‘at all costs’.
Vilan will sign for Atletico from fellow LaLiga side Celta Vigo, from where AS quotes club sources in detailing the player’s best traits.
Celta have reportedly earmarked him as a ‘versatile player’ with ‘tremendous speed’. What’s more, the player is able to adapt to several positions on the pitch going forward.
In fact, Celta tried to keep Vilan at the club but that proved difficult, with Atletico’s pulling power.
Vilan is one of countless exciting young talents Spain have within their ranks. Indeed, the country are the reigning Under-21 European champions after their triumph in last year’s finals.
Barcelona’s Ansu Fati is a prime example. Despite being only a year older than Vilan, he has already become a key figure for the Camp Nou club and recently earned his first senior call-up.
Although, the teenager now faces up to four months on the sidelines with a knee injury.
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Bale returned to Spurs from Madrid after an illustrious seven-year spell in Spain.
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