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Atletico Madrid defender could leave the club in the summer due to lack of minutes

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Very few players arrive at Atletico Madrid and make a strong case to be a regular starter, and Renan Lodi has faced the same problem. The Brazilian has been in and out of the team various times and seems like a fish out of water way too often.

However, the player is unhappy over the lack of minutes he endured at the beginning of the season. According to reports from Jorge Garcia, Lodi will only renew his contract with Los Rojiblancos if he gets consistent minutes until the end of the season.

However, if he doesn’t play and returns to a similar situation as he experienced at the beginning of the season, he will look for a way out in June.

Though Lodi’s season seemed to be going downhill defensively, a tactical change from the manager seems to have brought him back to life in the past two games. Simeone has opted to deploy the January signing Reinildo as the left centre-back, with Lodi given more freedom as a left-wingback.

The tactical change has worked wonders for the Brazilian’s output. In the last two games, he has recorded two goals and an assist.

However, the arrival of Reinildo has put doubts in Lodi’s mind. The 28-year-old is seen as a competitor and is part of the reason Lodi considers leaving the club.

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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe

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Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.

After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.

And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.

Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.

And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.

Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.

Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.

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