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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, 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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