Villarreal Loans Liberman Torres To Atletico Ottawa
Atletico Ottawa has once again procured a high-profile defender through its Spanish ties, bringing in Villarreal CF B centre-back Liberman Torres for the 2024 CPL season.
The 21-year old Ecuadorian joined the La Liga side’s reserve ranks in late 2022, making four appearances before being loaned out to fourth tier side Recreativo de Huelva.
He had developed through Ecuadorian top tier side Independiente del Valle, featuring once for the first team before he caught Villarreal’s eye with some sharp performances in the U-20 Copa Libertadores two years ago.
“Liberman Torres is an exciting addition to our roster, and we are delighted to have him join Atlético Ottawa for the 2024 CPL season,” said Atletico Ottawa CEO Fernando Lopez.
“Torres is a versatile defensive player, who is physically strong and good on the ball allowing us to use him both as a central defender and a defensive midfielder. We believe he will contribute immensely to our ambitions for the upcoming season.”
While Atletico Ottawa has seen loan moves procured through its direct relation with Atletico Madrid, this marks the first time that the club has worked hand-in-hand with Villarreal to secure loan talent.
Fans were waiting to see who the club might bring in to replace defender Diego Espejo, who spent the last two seasons on loan from parent club Atletico Madrid. These kind of loans, it should be noted, are also a creative minimization of the club’s salary cap impact.
“I am thrilled to be part of Atletico Ottawa and the Canadian Premier League for the 2024 season,” said the new signing. “I see this as a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the growth of soccer in Canada, get more professional minutes, and showcase what I can bring to a team in a new and exciting environment.” I am grateful to both Atlético Ottawa and Villarreal for making this loan move possible.”
Last season saw Atletico Ottawa utilize four loans, with Diego Espejo staying on from Atletico Madrid while the club procured loans in from MLS with Jean-Aniel Assi, Luke Singh, and Ilias Iliadis.
With Atletico Ottawa adding one defender who had just put forth time in Spanish’s fourth tier, it’s all-time appearance leader Miguel Acosta has gone the other way.