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Atletico Madrid in talks with Premier League club over the sale of veteran defender



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Joao Felix has made headlines recently for his move to Chelsea on loan. But he will not be the only player to leave Atletico Madrid in this ongoing January transfer window.

According to Fernando Kallas on Sky Sports, Los Colchoneros are now in talks with Wolverhampton Wanderers over the potential sale of Felipe. The veteran defender has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone this season and is destined to leave the club this month.

The report suggests the two parties are in talks over a deal that may see Felipe join the Wolves within the next few days.

Formerly of FC Porto, Felipe had been a part of the Atleti setup since the summer of 2019. During his time at the club, he has featured in over 100 competitive matches, but only three of them have come in the ongoing campaign.

The veteran has indeed fallen behind the likes of Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso and Jose Maria Gimenez in the pecking order. And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Atleti are determined to get rid of the player in January.

Felipe’s departure is sure to create a void in Atletico Madrid’s defensive unit. But the club are looking to fill the hole by signing a new centre-back this month. They have reportedly set their sights on Caglar Soyuncu.

The Leicester City defender’s contract is expiring in the summer of 2023 and Atletico are understood to have an agreement with the defender. Now they are said to be negotiating with Leicester to bring forward his signing to January instead of waiting until the summer.

As for Felipe, his experience at the highest level of football may aid an otherwise young Wolves defensive line that has conceded 27 goals in the Premier League this season.

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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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