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Atletico Madrid interested in Inter Milan striker, player does not want to leave



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The one glaring shortcoming in Atletico Madrid’s squad this season is the lack of a seasoned number nine to bring in the goals. Joao Felix, Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann are not natural centre-forwards, while Luis Suarez is no longer the beast he once was.

The club brought in Matheus Cunha in August, but the Brazilian has only managed three starts and is yet to make a goal contribution.

Correa has been Diego Simeone’s best bet this season, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in 29 league games. Yet, the Argentine’s inconsistency pushes Los Rojiblancos to look for an alternative.

According to reports from Cesar Luis Merlo of TYC Sports, the La Liga Champions have enquired about Lautaro Martinez and wish to sign the Argentine in June.

The 24-year-old recently penned an extension with Inter Milan and has over four and a half years left on his contract. He is delighted with life in Italy and does not consider leaving at the moment.

The only chance for him to depart the club in June is if the Nerazzurri wish to sell him for an economic benefit.

Lautaro was, however, close to joining Barcelona in the summer of 2019 but the transfer collapsed after Inter’s €100 million price tag proved to be out of the Catalan giants’ budget.

Martinez has proven to be one of Serie A’s most lethal strikers over the past few years. His sharp finishing and impeccable positioning make him a valuable asset for his club.

In 27 league starts for Inter Milan this season, the Argentine has 14 goals and two assists. He has also created four big chances and provides one key pass every ninety minutes.

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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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