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Atletico Madrid defender open to Newcastle United switch in the summer



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The arrival of Reinildo Mandava from Lille in January completely changed Renan Lodi’s position in the team. As the youngster slowly established himself as a reliable option under Diego Simeone, the Brazilian’s importance in the squad fell.

Soon, the manager found a new position for Lodi as a wingback. While it seemed to be a successful attempt in the initial attempts, there was no consistency in his performances over time.

Lodi averaged just 41 minutes per game in the league, starting just 13 out of a possible 38 games for Los Rojiblancos. Unsurprisingly, the club are open to selling the player should the right offer come in.

According to reports from Mark Douglas, Lodi is open to a move to Newcastle United. While the club are willing to sell the player, they are said to be expecting a fee of close to €50 million for their defender.

Eddie Howe’s side have been very active in the transfer window since their takeover by a Saudi led consortium. Their January window signings were key in ensuring their resurgence in the second half of the season.

One of the players who made the move to Newcastle in the winter was Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

Reports say that the full-back’s move to the English side has strengthened ties between the two teams and could help simplify Lodi’s transfer. Yet, both clubs are still far away on the player’s valuation.

In 29 La Liga appearances this season, the 24-year-old scored two goals and provided two assists. He averaged 0.4 key passes per game and has created three big chances.

His statistics defensively are not as impressive, though. The Brazilian produces 1.1 tackles, 0.5 clearances, three duels won and 0.4 interceptions per game.

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Atletico Madrid midfielder on the derby against Real Madrid: “Very difficult to beat them”



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Following a 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener against Lazio, Atletico Madrid will shift all their attention to La Liga, as they brace themselves for the derby against Real Madrid this weekend.

Heading into this game, Atleti midfielder Marcos Llorente spoke about Real Madrid’s quality and Atletico Madrid’s chances of squeezing all three points from this iconic derby.

Llorente on Madrid derby

“The sensations are good. The team is very good, the other day we played a great game despite ending up drawing. I really think that the team did a great job that must be maintained for this match,” Llorente said in an interview with Diario AS.

When asked whether or not Real Madrid being tagged as favourites could aid Atleti, the midfielder said, “Honestly, it neither motivates me nor demotivates me. We simply have to do what we work on during the week, what the coach asks of us.”

Llorente stressed the importance of the game, adding, “It is a great rival we have in front of us, they are having a very good start to the season and that motivates me and everyone to try to play a good game.”

Real Madrid is a great club, they have great players and it is very difficult to beat them. I think we have competed, we have also achieved several draws, but in the end, either you go out one hundred percent and do things very, very well or it is difficult to beat them,” he added.

A former member of the Real Madrid youth academy, Llorente joined Atletico Madrid in 2019. Since then, he has racked up over 150 competitive appearances for Los Colchoneros.

Llorente, though, said he feels no sense of vindication when he performs well against his former team.

“No. In the end, it’s been many years since I left there and I’m at Atlético. Perhaps in the first years, those types of feelings and sensations can arise, but today they no longer do,” he said.

Marcos Llorente confident of Atletico Madrid’s chances ahead of the derby (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Llorente on Vinicius, Koke & Bellingham

The Atletico Madrid star went on to talk about other aspects of the game, including the fact that his team had one less player every time they faced Real Madrid last season.

“I have zero worries. These are things that are not in our remit, that escape our hands. We play football, the referees referee and those who have to decide decide,” he said.

Llorente, in fact, said that the return of Koke could be a real boost for Atleti. “It is always good that Koke is with us, both on the field and in the day-to-day life of the game,” he said.

“Beyond the grass. The support he gives, the advice he gives us, his experience. it is always important to have him and it is great news that he is already training with us,” he added.

Talking about the absence of Vinicius Junior and the form of Jude Bellingham, Llorente said, “Well, you have to be careful with everyone. All Real Madrid players are very good and can make a difference at any moment of the game. Bellingham is having a great start and we have to take that into account and be very focused.”

Finally, Marcos Llorente put out a message for all the Atletico Madrid fans, claiming their support ahead of this crucial encounter this weekend.

“It will be a full house as always. We don’t have to tell them anything, they know the importance of this match for Atlético, we know that they never fail, they are always supporting us and we count on them,” he said.

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