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Atletico Madrid winger staring at an uncertain future with January window looming



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Yannick Carrasco has been one of the biggest disappointments at Atletico Madrid over the past few months or so.

Once revered as one of the most important players in the squad, the Belgian international has become nothing more than a liability in the current setup, with the attacker often struggling with form throughout this season.

Carrasco’s poor performances have reflected in his status in the team, as the player has started in only eight league matches this season, scoring only once.

Even in the World Cup, his performances were underwhelming. He could only make two appearances in the tournament for Belgium, who grossly underperformed and were knocked out of the group stages.

His struggles have led to questions about his future, with a recent report from MARCA suggesting that Carrasco may even leave Atletico Madrid in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Belgian’s current contract at Wanda Metropolitano does not expire until 2024. He reportedly has a release clause worth €60 million embedded in the deal. The club, therefore, are facing an uphill task to get rid of the attacker, knowing very few clubs will be willing to pay that amount.

In any case, Atletico are believed to be open to considering offers for Carrasco in January and may even sanction a sale if any good offer comes across. The Belgian, after all, has not been listed among the club’s most important players that could become the future core of the team.

Carrasco, for his part, had declined a couple of offers from the Premier League in the summer. But his stance has shifted to an extent, and with the January market just around the corner, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the versatile winger.

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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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