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Atletico Madrid captain Koke talks future and retirement plans: “We will see what happens”

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It is very difficult to find a one-club player in today’s modern and fast-moving world of football. While it is rare enough to hear of a player willing to commit his entire career to one institution, Lionel Messi’s story with Barcelona proves that sometimes even that is not enough.

That is what makes the story of Koke and Atletico Madrid special. The Spanish midfielder has been with the club through thick and thin, right from the tender age of six.

Now at 30, questions about his future are in the air. There has been a lot of speculation around whether or not Koke will end his career at the same club where he has played all his life. The Atletico Madrid captain responded to the speculation recently in an interview with DAZN.

“My idea has always been to retire here [at Atletico Madrid] but we will see what happens when my contract ends.

“I have two years left, this one and another, and my idea is to stay here. I don’t know what will happen, whatever has to come, welcome,” he said.

The midfielder signed a seven-year contract extension with Los Rojiblancos in 2017 and will be 32 years of age when his deal runs out in 2024.

While he is still the heart of the team’s midfield and going strong, the club may wish to make the inevitable transition to a younger midfield soon.

This season, Koke has participated in all eight games for his club, starting in seven. In that duration, he has racked up one assist and averaged close to eight defensive actions per game.

The 30-year-old is set to achieve a special milestone in Los Rojiblancos’ fixture against Sevilla on Saturday. At the Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan, he will put on the red-and-white colours for the 554th time, making him the player with the most appearances in Atletico Madrid’s history.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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