¡@mattdoherty20 es nuevo jugador rojiblanco! ⚪— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) January 31, 2023
El internacional irlandés ha firmado con nuestro club por lo que resta de temporada.
Atlético on Tuesday night announced the arrival of Matt Doherty, who will compete with Nahuel Molina for minutes at right-back. Initially expected to be a dry loan with no option or obligation to buy, Atleti have instead signed Doherty on a deal to the end of the season, as Tottenham elected to terminate the player’s contract prior to his departure.
We have mutually agreed to the termination of Matt Doherty’s contract to enable him to join another club.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2023
Thank you for everything, Doc
Doherty, a 31-year-old Jorge Mendes client, moved to north London in 2020 after a decade at Wolves. Doherty has made 44 Premier League appearances for Spurs and scored three goals, but he tumbled down coach Antonio Conte’s pecking order and was readily available for a transfer — especially after Tottenham completed the signing of highly-regarded Sporting Clube right-back Pedro Porro on Monday.
As our pals at Cartilage Free Captain noted, Atlético were interested in acquiring Djed Spence over the summer (he has since moved on loan to Rennes). The club also checked in on Emerson Royal before signing Molina from Udinese. Though Molina has shown an improvement in his game since the World Cup, he has been the only natural right-back in Diego Simeone’s squad this season, and Mario Hermoso’s resurgence in central defense this month perhaps convinced the club to alter its priorities.
Doherty is the third player to move between Atlético and Spurs since 2019, joining Sergio Reguilón and icon Kieran Trippier in swapping London for Madrid. And for what it’s worth, Doherty seems to quite like Atlético and the Cholismo playing style, sending tweets in support of the team during its run to the 2016 Champions League final:
Absolutely love watching Athletico Madrid play— Matt Doherty (@mattdoherty20) May 3, 2016
Atletico all the way let's go boys— Matt Doherty (@mattdoherty20) May 28, 2016
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