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Atletico Madrid announce Gimenez signing

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Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Joa Miranda de Souza (L) vies with Sevilla's forward Alvaro Negredo (R) during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Atletico de Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Sevilla on April 21, 2013
Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Joa Miranda de Souza (L) vies with Sevilla's forward Alvaro Negredo (R) during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Atletico de Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Sevilla on April 21, 2013

Atletico Madrid have announced their first piece of transfer business ahead of the end of La Liga season.

Uruguayan defender Jose Maria Gimenez has signed a five-year contract with the current UEFA Europa League holders after Atletico agreed an undisclosed fee with his club Danube.

The 18-year-old centre-back - a member of the Uruguay Under-21 squad - passed his medical in the Spanish capital on Thursday and will join the club in the close-season ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

Jose Luis Perez Caminero, director of football at Atletico Madrid, told the club's official website that Gimenez is a "natural talent, a fast defender who uses the ball well" and is also a "good marker and classy on the ball".