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Atletico Madrid will look to sell Frenchman in the summer if he does not renew – report



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It could be an interesting summer ahead for Atletico Madrid. In what has been an underwhelming campaign so far, the Spanish champions must strengthen their squad if they are to continue fighting for the title next season and do well in the UEFA Champions League.

Atleti have been already linked with a multitude of star players across Europe. At the same time, many players could leave the club as well, as part of Diego Simeone’s potential overhaul.

According to a report from Eldesmarque, one of the players in contention to leave Wanda Metropolitano is Thomas Lemar. Atleti will look to offload him should he not renew his current contract.

The Frenchman is the second most expensive signing in the club’s history, joining from Monaco in 2018, for a staggering fee of €72 million.

Four years into his spell at Atleti, the move hasn’t paid off for Simeone as the player has struggled to settle into his new surroundings and has been largely underwhelming in terms of his performances, especially in his first two seasons at the club.

In addition to a lack of form, Lemar has been unlucky with injuries. He has spent countless spells on the sidelines, mostly due to a recurring muscle problem.

While the former Monaco starlet did play a vital role in helping Atletico Madrid win the league title last season, his form has dissipated in the ongoing campaign, with the playmaker earning only 17 starts in the league so far.

Lemar has fallen behind Yannick Carrasco in the pecking order, and with his contract expiring at the end of next season, Atletico Madrid are likely to offload him in the summer.

It appears Los Colchoneros want to recoup a fraction of the €72 million they had spent on the player four years ago before the Frenchman enters the final year of his contract.

Lemar will not be the only player leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, though, with Simeone also keen on offloading a few other unwanted stars in the team, in an attempt to balance the books.

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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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