Granada pay Perez-Atleti clause

Ruben Perez will be allowed to play against Atletico Madrid on Sunday after Granada paid a monetary sum to the midfielder’s parent club.

The 26-year-old cut short his loan deal with Torino to join the Andalucians for the rest of the season in January, but on the basis that he could not feature against Los Colchoneros.

However, the two clubs agreed to insert a clause in the arrangement that he would be able to, providing Granada paid a fixed fee, the figure of which remains undisclosed.

The strugglers were not expected to activate the clause, but their late resurgence under Jose Ramon Sandoval, coupled with Manuel Iturra and Fran Rico being their only other options in the middle of the park has left them with little choice.

“The most important thing is to make the game as long as possible, not concede a goal and exploit the opportunities we’re presented in order to get the three points,” Perez, who also had spells at Deportivo La Coruna, Getafe, Real Betis and Elche, said at a Press conference.

“We must press high up [the pitch], keep the ball, try to win and see what happens in the other matches.”

"A month ago we were almost impossible to get salvation and we are now one game to do it, and we can draw worth, everybody thinks we're going to get," acknowledged the Seville midfielder.

Other midfielders Lass Bangoura and Javi Marquez will miss the visit of Atleti through suspension as Granada head into the final round of the season two points clear of the relegation places.

They were involved in a similar deal two seasons ago, when they paid €100,000 for loanee Recio to appear in an end-of-season encounter with Malaga.

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