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Daniel Wass opens up about Atletico Madrid winter move: “Something you can’t say no to”



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Kieran Trippier was Diego Simeone’s go-to right-back last season and at the beginning of the current season. The Englishman had developed his game under the Argentine tactician and turned into one of the world’s best full-backs during his stay at Atletico Madrid.

However, Trippier left the club in the winter transfer market as he chose a move to Newcastle United. To fill the void left by the full-back, Simeone opted to sign Daniel Wass from Valencia.

The two parties reached an agreement at a figure of €3 million, and Wass subsequently signed a contract with Los Rojiblancos for 18 months. However, there is an option to extend until 2024.

Speaking about his move to Atletico Madrid, Wass recently revealed that he did not expect it. The Danish international was preparing a move back to his home country, but could not refute the chance to play under Simeone when the offer eventually arrived.

“I had the idea that I’d return to Brøndby this summer, so that I could finish my career there. But when Atleti’s offer came, I think everyone saw that it was something I really wanted, and my family could also see that Atlético is something you can’t say no to.”

Since his move to Madrid, Wass has only played one game which was his start against Barcelona. After his appearance at Camp Nou, the Dane suffered a ligament injury that kept him out for over a month.

Most recently, he started on the bench for the team’s games against Alaves, Manchester City, and Mallorca.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer



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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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