The deal was closed some weeks ago but Real Madrid had to made the official announcement. And finally we have it. Theo Hernández is the first acquisition for the next season, coming from Atlético Madrid after playing one season on loan at Alavés.
Real Madrid will pay €26M to his city rival in three steps for the player. The French left back will be unveiled next Monday, at 18:30 UK Time. In the next days, Florentino Pérez will present his two new signings for the next season: Jesús Vallejo and Theo Hernández. Santiago Bernabéu stadium is getting ready for this moment.
“Real Madrid C.F. and Atlético de Madrid have agreed the transfer of the player Theo Hernández, who will be contracted to the club for the next six seasons”, the statement published in Los Blancos site says.
Los Blancos showed their interest in the left back at the end of the last season, when Alavés were already saved from relegation and in the final of Copa del Rey. The club moved very quickly and they were willing to pay the release clause to Atlético Madrid. They want to keep good relationships with the city rivals, so they finally paid a little bit more than what it was stipulated in the contract.
In this way, Real Madrid will finally have a good replacement for Marcelo, who is the owner of the left wing. Last season, Nacho had to play many games as a left back and even Danilo or Carvajal had to perform in this position. Fabio Coentrao left the club to play on loan at Sporting Portugal after a terrible season in the Spanish capital.
Florentino Pérez is trying to sign the young talents in the Spanish league. The club started with Marcos Asensio and Jesús Vallejo and now Theo Hernández is the next step. Perhaps, in the next days, we can say that Dani Ceballos will also join the club.