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Atletico Madrid midfielder to face punishment from club after attending music event



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Rodrigo de Paul has become a hot topic inside the Atletico Madrid camp lately following the controversy over attending a Billboards event in Miami.

To recap things, the Atleti midfielder had left for the Argentine camp for the international break around two weeks ago. However, he did not return to Spain on Wednesday, September 28, unlike his compatriots Angel Correa and Nahuel Molina.

De Paul had asked for a couple of days off due to “personal reasons”, which was granted by Atletico Madrid. But the midfielder was later seen attending the Billboards Gala in Miami, along with his partner Tini.

He did not return to the Atletico Madrid camp until Saturday, which irked Diego Simeone, along with the rest of the club management.

In light of this breach of trust, Atletico Madrid have not yet put out any official statement. They have also refused to comment on the situation, urging that the matters should be resolved internally.

However, according to Mundo Deportivo, the club from the capital could enforce an economic sanction on Rodrigo de Paul as part of his punishment. They are also expected to limit his game time, as evidenced in Simeone’s team selection in recent matches.

Although de Paul was included in Atleti’s recent Champions League game against Club Brugge, Simeone refused to call on his services, even when the club were losing 2-0. The midfielder was not given a chance vs Girona either.

With Los Colchoneros bracing themselves for a tough run of fixtures, it remains to be seen how long the club plan to punish de Paul, whose creativity and versatility in the middle of the park could be crucial in the upcoming games against Club Brugge, Athletic Club and Rayo Vallecano.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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