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Exit-linked left-back set to continue at Atletico Madrid next season

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Throughout the summer transfer window, the future of Renan Lodi at Atletico Madrid has been unclear. While one could make a strong use case for his presence at the Wanda Metropolitano, an equally strong argument could be made favouring his departure.

Gustavo Hofman of ESPN via AS reveals that the player’s entourage met with the club’s administration yesterday. In the meeting that ensued, it was clarified that Diego Simeone continues to trust the player and will count on him for the upcoming season.

This puts to bed all the rumours suggestive of Lodi’s departure. Newcastle United and Juventus were said to be interested in the left-back earlier in the window but will now have to scout alternative targets.

The Brazilian was an integral part of Simeone’s set-up in the first half of last season, but his importance began to dwindle after the arrival of Reinildo in January.

With Lodi’s position as a left-back under direct threat, the manager opted to utilise him as a wingback for the remainder of last season. Yet, it now seems like Yannick Carrasco and Molina are preferred by the manager in that position.

Heading into a new season, Simeone may look to utilise Lodi’s services in rotation with Reinildo at left-back. Yet, that is all speculation and it remains to be seen what the Argentine coach has in his mind.

Last season, the 24-year-old made 29 league appearances for Los Rojiblancos but started only 13 of them. In his 1189 minutes, he scored two goals and provided two assists for the men in red-and-white.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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