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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Real Madrid



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Wanda Metropolitano will be prepared as newly-crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid travel to the outskirts of the Spanish capital to take on Atletico Madrid for the second Madrid derby of the season.

While Madrid are expected to use their second-string starting lineup, Atleti will likely use their best possible team. Ahead of the game, Diego Simeone has announced their squad list for the game, featuring a few surprises.

Reinildo Mandava had picked up a knock against Athletic Club and was subbed off at half-time. He has, however, returned in time for this game.

Felipe, Stefan Savic, and Jose Maria Gimenez are the other centre-backs in the squad list. Sime Vrsaljko and Renan Lodi feature as full-backs.

Thomas Lemar and Joao Felix are injured and are expected to miss the rest of the season, and thus, do not feature for this mouth-watering clash.

Simeone’s son, Guiliano Simeone is also part of the squad, alongside Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Matheus Cunha, and Angel Correa.

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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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