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Atlético confirm Baptistão deal

Published: Monday 3 June 2013, 16.08CET
Having secured their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage following a third-place Liga finish, Club Atlético de Madrid have strengthened with the capture of Léo Baptistão.
Atlético confirm Baptistão deal
Léo Baptistão scored twice for Rayo against his new side Atlético last season ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Monday 3 June 2013, 16.08CET

Atlético confirm Baptistão deal

Having secured their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage following a third-place Liga finish, Club Atlético de Madrid have strengthened with the capture of Léo Baptistão.

Club Atlético de Madrid can count on the services of promising striker Léo Baptistão after the Brazilian agreed to a transfer from Rayo Vallecano de Madrid for an undisclosed fee. 



The 20-year-old Italian passport holder – who arrives at the Vicente Calderón on a five-year deal – registered seven goals in 28 Liga appearances for Rayo who finished the recently concluded season in eighth place.

The São Paulo native began his career playing futsal alongside new FC Barcelona recruit Neymar at Santos FC before eventually joining Rayo's youth academy as a 16-year-old. 

On announcing the deal, a statement on Rayo's official website read: "We would like to thank Léo Baptistão for his professionalism and commitment during the years he spent wearing this club's colours. We wish him the best of luck both personally and professionally in this new stage of his career." 

Last updated: 04/06/13 9.16CET

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