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Atletico Madrid winger picks up an injury ahead of La Liga season-opener



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Injury setbacks are a manager’s biggest nightmare. When such hurdles appear even before the season begins, it is indeed a big blow to the coach’s plans.

According to reports from Javi Gomez, Yannick Carrasco is ruled out for Los Rojiblancos’ clash against Juventus this week. The Belgian is suffering from pharyngotonsillitis and could even miss the league opener.

Diego Simeone’s side open their La Liga season against Getafe on August 15th at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Just over a week remains for the opening clash and it remains to be seen if Carrasco can recover in time.

Atletico Madrid have had a rampant run in preseason so far, winning all three games. While their first game against Numancia was far from competitive, their win over Manchester United and Cadiz showed the players’ character and passion.

Carrasco started the game against the Red Devils last week but did not play a role against Cadiz. It is clear that Simeone prefers the player to completely recover and be available for the official games.

Last season, the 28-year-old winger made 34 appearances for Atletico Madrid scoring six goals and providing as many assists. His searing pace on the left wing is one of the key elements of the team’s counterattacks and the club are looking to seal his renewal.

With Carrasco unavailable for the upcoming games, Simeone will look to entrust the likes of Thomas Lemar and Renan Lodi with a chance to prove themselves.

The team will return to Madrid on Monday after the game against Bianconeri. Their first league clash will be exactly a week after their return, and Simeone will have his work cut out to narrow down his starting XI by then.

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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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