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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list against Getafe

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The third big dog of La Liga, Atletico Madrid, are back in action tomorrow, as they gear up for a trip to take on Getafe away from home. Diego Simeone’s men had a fruitful pre-season, and would want to take Barcelona and Real Madrid all the way this season.

For their first game, Simeone has called up 21 players, including two goalkeepers in Grbic and Wanda Metropolitano favourite Jan Oblak.

Jose Gimenez has picked up a severe case of tonsillitis, and will not travel with the team. Instead, the squad features academy player Marco Moreno. Axel Witsel, while traditionally a midfielder, is also expected to play as a centre-back tomorrow.

Nahuel Molina is called up for the game, as well, and could get his official debut for Atleti.

The entire midfield seems fit, with Thomas Lemar getting the official green light to travel. With Antoine Griezmann registered, Simeone has all his attackers ready, too, including Alvaro Morata, who was in red-hot form against Juventus.

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Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano

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Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.

Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.

However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.

As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.

There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.

And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.

But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.

Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.

Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.

From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.

After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023

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