Gabi confirms Zaragoza switch
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Atletico's Gabi has confirmed he will leave the club in the summer to join Zaragoza.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Gabi has confirmed he will leave the club in the summer to join Primera rivals Real Zaragoza.
The 23-year-old, who came through Atletico's youth ranks, has struggled to truly establish himself at the Vicente Calderon despite being viewed as one of the country's brightest young midfield prospects for some time.
He has hardly featured under coach Javier Aguirre this term and, despite being offered a new contract by Atletico, has decided to sign a five-year deal with Zaragoza and will move in the summer when his present deal expires.
"I have signed for the next five seasons with Zaragoza and can only say I negotiated with some weeks with Atletico and could not find an agreement," he explained.
"They (Atletico) offered me certain things, both sporting and economic, and Zaragoza bettered them, for which reason I took the decision to leave, but with the consent of the club.
"I am proud to have been here at Atletico, I leave not having truly demonstrated what I can do, but I am convinced Zaragoza is a great place to play and hope to do well there."
Zaragoza have confirmed they have inserted a clause that offers Atletico first option on the player should he leave their club in the future.