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Atletico Madrid announce Gimenez signing

Created on Apr. 25, 2013 11:41 AM EST

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".