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Atletico Madrid have contract agreement with Barcelona ace, but want him for free



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Memphis Depay is the ideal target for Atletico Madrid this winter for several reasons.

For starters, his situation at Barcelona sees him completely deprived of minutes. Xavi Hernandez does not see the player in his plans and has kept him on the bench week in and week out.

Further, his profile is exactly what the Colchoneros require after Joao Felix’s departure. Capable of playing both in the spaces behind the striker and as a winger, he offers Diego Simeone tactical flexibility.

According to reports from David G Medina of MARCA, Atletico Madrid and Memphis Depay have a complete contract agreement closed until 2025. The problem, however, is that the Rojiblancos are not on the same page as Barcelona about the details of the transfer.

Simeone’s side do not wish to pay anything for the Dutchman’s acquisition, a proposition the Catalans will not hear of as they want to sign a replacement. Talks over a player exchange involving Yannick Carrasco have been mentioned too, but Atleti rule out that option too.

The understanding at the Civitas Metropolitano is Depay has just six months left on his contract and will be a free agent in June. Given his contractual situation and lack of involvement in Xavi’s plans, they see it just that he arrives on a free move six months early.

Last season in La Liga, the 28-year-old scored 12 goals and provided two assists for the Blaugranas. This season, however, he has only participated in one of Barcelona’s 16 games in La Liga and has found the back of the net once.

Talks are expected to progress at a rapid rate, but it seems clear that Barcelona will not sanction the player’s move without any sort of compensation received.

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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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