Photo: David Villa
Spanish international David Villa, the latest acquisition of Atletico Madrid, passed his medical, the capital club said Tuesday.
Villa arrived in Madrid late Monday, just hours after FC Barcelona announced his transfer to Atletico in a deal that is potentially worth up to 5.1 million euros ($6.55 million).
“The footballer has come through all the medical examinations with a positive result,” Atletico Madrid said in a statement.
With 56 goals in 92 appearances, Villa is Spain’s leading scorer in international play, despite his missing the 2012 European Championship due to injury.
He was an integral part of the Spanish squad that won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.
Villa joined Barça in 2010 and put up 48 goals in 119 official matches with the club, but had a hard time getting back into the starting lineup after the broken leg he suffered in 2011 kept him off the pitch for months.
“I already feel like an Atleti player! I am very eager to start this new stage of my career,” Villa said Tuesday after receiving his medical clearance.
Copa del Rey winner Atletico will pay defending La Liga champion Barça 2.1 million euros this season, with the promise of another 2.1 million if the 31-year-old forward continues to play in 2014-2015.
Atletico will have to hand over an additional 1 million euros if Villa remains with the club into the 2015-2016 season.
Barcelona also retains a claim to 50 percent of any future transfer fee for Villa.
Barça and Atletico Madrid are to meet next month in the Spanish Supercup.