Thomas Lemar presented as an Atletico Madrid player at the Wanda Metropolitano after completing £52m summer move from Monaco
- Thomas Lemar has completed his £52million summer transfer to Atletico
- The Frenchman was unveiled by his new employers at their stadium on Monday
- Lemar said he was well aware of the demands placed on players at the club
- He has been handed the No 11 shirt previously worn by Argentine Angel Correa
The versatile, World Cup-winning midfielder was presented by his new club on Monday afternoon in the auditorium of Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano home.
‘I’m very happy to be here. I really want to meet all my new teammates. I’ve met a few, but I want to meet them all,’ Lemar said, per the official Atletico website. ‘I also really want to meet the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano.’
Thomas Lemar’s official Atletico Madrid presentation took place on Monday afternoon
Frenchman was unveiled at the Wanda Metropolitano after sealing £52m move from Monaco
‘(France team-mates) Antoine (Griezmann) and Lucas (Hernandez) have told me lots about the club. I’m very happy with the decision I made.
‘I know this team demands hard work and I’ll give it my all for the team. If I need to run more, I’ll do it without a problem.’
Lemar agreed to join Atletico in June and arrived in Madrid last week to undergo a medical check-up at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra and trained for the first time after cutting short his post-World Cup holiday.
The 22-year-old featured just once during France’s memorable triumph in Russia, forming part of a much-changed side for a dour goalless draw against Denmark in Group C.
Lemar will wear the No 11 shirt that previously belonged to Argentine forward Angel Correa
He has been handed the No 11 shirt at Atletico previously worn by Argentine forward Angel Correa, who is expected to inherit the No 10 vacated by Yannick Carrasco following the latter’s move to Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang in February.
Monaco thanked Lemar for his three years of service on social media with a tweet stating: ‘Best wishes to Thomas on his new adventure in Spain with Atletico! Thanks for three incredible seasons, Thomas.’
The player had earlier taken to Instagram to proclaim that Monaco – the club for whom he scored 22 goals and produced 32 assists in 127 appearances across all competitions after joining from Caen in 2015 – ‘will always stay in my heart’.
Lemar won the Ligue 1 title in the principality in 2016/17 and also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. His final season at Monaco ended with a second-place domestic finish.
‘At just 22 years old, he’s already shown his quality and talent at Monaco, which brought him to the French national team,’ said Atletico president Enrique Cerezo.
‘Just a few weeks ago, they won the World Cup in Russia. Thomas, we know that your teammates and friends Antoine Greiezmann and Lucas Hernandez have already told you what it means to defend this red and white shirt.
‘We also know how excited you are to come to Atlético de Madrid and we’re sure your arrival will help us reach our goals.’