OFFICIAL: Tiago leaves Juventus for Atletico Madrid on Loan

Posted on 08/01/2010


Tiago Cardoso Mendes (Viana do Castelo, Portugal, 2 May 1981) Atletico Madrid comes backed by the quality he has shown both in his career in four of the most important leagues in the continent, Portugal, England, France and Italy as in the Portuguese national team. The new red and white player is a midfielder Rui Costa, as already noted one of the great stars of athletics in the 90s, Paulo Futre. Endowed with a great technique and is an organizer who works hard for the team and will bring the experience gained in its passage through Braga, Benfica, Chelsea, Lyon and Juventus.

Player who excelled from the first professional club, Sporting Braga, highlighted in the two seasons he played for Benfica,where he won the Portuguese Cup in 2004. She looked at him Abramovich’s Chelsea, who had a spectacular season in the team ‘blue’, winning three titles in 04.05, the Premier League, the Cup and Charity Shield.

However, to squeeze really Tiago was in France with Olympique Lyon, club where he was instrumental in winning two doubles, 05-06 in the season 06-07, the Ligue 1 and Super Cup in France. She looked at him for Juventus to lead the midfield of the ‘Vecchia Signora’ on his return to the elite of Italian football, with Claudio Ranieri on the bench, but both with former Atletico as the arrival Ciro Ferrara to Juve in 2009 the Portuguese could not show the imprint of its kind in the Italian giants.

Moreover, the new red and white player has worn the red shirt for Portugal on 37 occasions, successful participation in the World Cup in 2006, where he was instrumental in the combined Luso who reached the semifinals and finished fourth after losing to Germany in the consolation final.

Tiago will be the fifth player this season, after Sergio Asenjo, Cabrera, Juanito and Roberto, in addition to the temporary return of Reyes, Jurado, Cleber Santana and Valera. The Luso be reunited with Atletico with compatriot Simão, with whom they already coincide with Benfica and selection, which is a plus for adaptation to be done in the shortest possible time. To make matters worse, at Atletico and several Portuguese-speaking players, such as the aforementioned Simão, Cleber Santana, Paulo Assunção.

The new player will join rojiblanco immediately to strengthen the midfield with the aim of organizing the attack gameAtletico Madrid and collaborate to improve the team in the league to meet the targets set since the start of the season , which is nothing to be among the best in the Championship final. 

“Club Atletico de Madrid have reached an agreement with Juventus FC for the temporary loan of the player Tiago Cardoso Mendes, with option to buy him permanently. 

“The Portuguese midfielder will be presented by the President of the club, Mr. Enrique Cerezo, in the VIP room of the Vicente Calderon Stadium on the morning of Monday 11 January (time to be confirmed).”

Juventus have not released a statement confirming their side of the deal, but Tiago could be in line to make his Atleti debut against Recreativo Huelva in the Copa Del Rey.

Spanish reports claim he arrived in the capital on Thursday where he underwent a medical. Tiago is the club’s first signing of the winter window and it is said he is delighted with the move.