Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to terminate the contract of defender Matt Doherty.
The Premier League club have confirmed the development on their official website and the player has now joined Spanish club Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.
👍 @mattdoherty20 pasó el reconocimiento médico que tuvo lugar en la @ClinicaNavarra. pic.twitter.com/FdB5MXET6C
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) January 31, 2023
Doherty joined Tottenham from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2020 and he leaves the club having made 71 appearances for Tottenham across all competitions.
The 31-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham this season and he needed to leave in order to play regularly.
Atletico Madrid were keen on adding more depth to their defense and it remains to be seen whether the Republic of Ireland international can hold down a regular starting spot under Diego Simeone.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have completed the signing of Spanish defender Pedro Porro from Sporting CP. The 23-year-old wingback is expected to replace Doherty on the side.
The Spaniard has been in highly impressive form this season and he will be expected to hold down a starting berth under Antonio Conte for the remainder of the campaign.
It remains to be seen whether the defender can hit the ground running in the Premier League and improve Tottenham at both ends of the pitch.
As far as Doherty is concerned, Spurs were hoping to loan the player out until the end of the season but they have had to terminate his contract because of FIFA’s regulations.
The London club already have eight players out on international loans and they were not able to sanction another loan deal for Doherty to Atletico Madrid.
Initial talks on Matt Doherty joining Atlético de Madrid were centred purely on a loan deal. But Spurs already have 8 players out on international loans (Gil, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Reguilón, Rodon, Udogie, Spence, Winks) which is FIFA's limit. https://t.co/BNJQet1irz
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) January 31, 2023