Atletico Madrid signing Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera


Porto midfielder Hector Herrera celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a Champions League group stage match between FC Porto and Lokomotiv Moscow at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Manuel Araujo/AP)

MADRID — Atletico Madrid has reached a deal to sign Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera.

The 29-year-old player will sign a three-year contract on Thursday.

Herrera played with Portuguese club Porto for the last six seasons, scoring 35 goals in 245 matches, including 41 Champions League appearances.

"I’m motivated and excited to join a historic team like Atletico Madrid and to play in the best league in the world," Herrera wrote on Twitter.

Atletico said Wednesday it "incorporated a strong and skilful midfielder with great attacking presence and quality."

Herrera played with Mexico in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and helped the team win the 2012 Olympic Games, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2015 CONCACAF Cup. He scored five goals in his 70 appearances with the national team.

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