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Atletico Madrid superstar still injured after ‘intentional tackles’ from Real Madrid duo

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Atletico Madrid have not had the best of starts to their La Liga campaign, with the 2020 champions most recently succumbing to cross-town rivals Real Madrid.

It was not the best of games for Los Colchoneros who tried to make a late comeback through a Mario Hermoso goal, but it was simply too little too late, as Real Madrid managed to hold on to their slender one-goal lead to clinch a 2-1 victory.

In addition to the defeat, it appears Atletico Madrid have been another major blow in the aftermath of the Madrid derby, with Joao Felix still yet to train with the Portugal team.

The Atleti superstar was called up by the Portuguese national team ahead of the UEFA Nations League matches earlier this summer.

But according to Belen Sanchez Garcia, he has not taken part in the training. In fact, he has been ruled out for the upcoming against the Czech Republic.

The former SL Benfica starlet remains a doubt against Spain as well, which raises serious concerns over the player’s fitness.

Sanchez Garcia suggests Felix’s injury came in the aftermath of a rash tackle from Real Madrid defender Dani Carvalaj during the derby. Another tackle from Eder Militao did not help his cause either.

Atletico believe that Carvajal was intentionally trying to injure Felix, just as he did with Antoine Griezmann last season.

Diego Simeone even wanted to substitute Felix early on in the game, but the player wanted to continue. He ended up playing until the hour mark before being replaced by Matheus Cunha.

The brunt of Felix’s injury remains unclear at the moment. But Atletico Madrid would ideally want him to return to the pitch after the end of the international break.

The forward is considered one of the key assets in Atleti’s attacking setup and his potential injury could be catastrophic for the team, especially ahead of the gruelling October schedule.

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Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano

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Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.

Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.

However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.

As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.

There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.

And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.

But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.

Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.

Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.

From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.

After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023

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