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Pernia completes Atletico transfer

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Pernia was one of the stars of the Spain side that reached the World Cup last 16.

MADRID, Spain -- Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Spanish international defender Mariano Pernia from Primera Liga rivals Getafe.

"It is a dream to play for Atletico -- it was a goal I wanted to achieve," said Pernia.

The 29-year-old Argentine-born full-back was part of the Spain squad that crashed out of the World Cup at the hands of France on Tuesday.

He was called up as a late replacement after Asier Del Horno of Chelsea was forced to pull out of the squad.

The left-back, who only received Spanish citizenship shortly before the World Cup kicked-off, scored 10 goals in the Primera Liga last season.

He becomes the sixth close season signing for Atletico, joining Mexican coach Javier Aguirre, Argentine forward Sergio Aguero, Portuguese defender Ze Castro, Greek defender Georgios Seitaridis and Portugual midfielder Costinha, who is still in Germany at the World Cup.

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