Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet, 35, revealed he hopes to still be part of France's squad during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ when he was officially unveiled by Atletico Madrid. Asked if he intended to represent Les Bleus at the next world finals, he said: "Playing for Atletico and the possibility of playing in the Champions League allow me to continue to think, to dream of the French squad."
Coupet, who had been linked to English League Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur, said he had moved to the Spanish La Liga "to try to show that I have a place in the starting line-up to defend". Atletico signed the keeper, who represented France at UEFA EURO 2008 and has been capped 34 times, on a two-year contract.
The Madrid heavyweights are in the qualifying round for the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League after finishing fourth in the league last season.
Coupet had a clause in his Lyon contract allowing him to leave Lyon, with whom he won seven straight French Ligue 1 titles, for three million euros, but the Spaniards finally got their man for half that. Atletico will pay an extra 500,000 euros if Coupet helps them qualify for the Champions League in the next two seasons.