Geoffery Kondogbia was born in Nemours, France in 1993 and is a strong presence in the midfield that can contribute both defensively and offensively. The former French international has passed his medicals at Atletico Madrid and has signed a contract till 2024.
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The midfielder has previously played for the likes of Sevilla, AS Monaco, Inter Milan and Valencia. The 29 years old was a key member of the Valencia side that won the Copa del Rey title in 2019 against the Spanish giants Barcelona.
Internationally, Kondogbia won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup for France. Kondogbia played for France since the U-16s and has five international caps for France. However , in 2018 the U-20 World Cup winner has opted to play for Central African Republic which is his parents’ home country. The box to box midfielder since has captained the African nation three times, finding the back of the net once in the process.
Atletico Madrid was allowed by La Liga to buy Kondogbia outside of the transfer window. The Thomas Partey replacement will cost the Madrid club around 10 million euros with an addition of 2 million euros in variables. Valencia will also receive 10 percent of further sale of the former French international.
Praising their new signing the club said, "A talented and strong midfielder joins Atletico Madrid. His physical presence, defensive solidity and striking ability from distance make him an all-round player in central midfield."
Valencia seems to have taken the bitter side of the transfer as they won't be able to sign anyone to replace Kondogbia according to La Liga rules. The club’s recent selling policy has been hugely unpopular with the fans.
Atletico Madrid has taken the right steps after losing a very key member of their squad in the form of Thomas Partey. The Madrid club has signed Torreira from Arsenal on loan in addition to Kondogbia in the hope of filling the gaps left by the departure of Thomas Partey.