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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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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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