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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup against Real Oviedo
Atletico Madrid hosted Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano on the weekend in the hopes of getting back to winning ways. The game saw a ton of drama, including three red cards. Eventually, Diego Simeone’s men got the better of Elche courtesy of a goal from Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata each.
They now take on Real Oviedo in the Copa del Rey round of 32 tonight, with Mario Hermoso retaining his place in the defence. The Spaniard was sent off on the weekend, but starts alongside Axel Witsel and Jose Maria Gimenez in the back-three, guarding Jan Oblak.
Flanking them on the right, Nahuel Molina returns to the lineup for his first minutes since winning the World Cup with Argentina. Yannick Carrasco continues on the left side as the wingback.
Captain Koke takes his place back from Pablo Barrios in midfield, paired alongside Thomas Lemar and Marcos Llorente.
The starting lineup is rounded off with Antoine Griezmann playing in support of Alvaro Morata in the front-two.
🔴 TEAM NEWS ⚪️— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 4, 2023
🧤 Oblak in goal
🧱 Hermoso starts
🙌 Lemar in midfield
⚽️ Morata leads the line pic.twitter.com/mHLxoGoWEk
Confirmed Atletico XI:
Morata · Griezmann
Lemar · Koke · Llorente
Carrasco · Hermoso · Witsel · Gimenez · Molina
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Atletico Madrid midfielder wanted by three La Liga clubs, salary an issue
There is no doubt that Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead as they look to address the future of some of their star players. One of them is Saul Niguez, who has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone and could leave the club.
A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered an update on the future of the Spaniard, suggesting that the player has once again become a market attraction.
The versatile star was on loan at Chelsea last season, but his spell at Stamford Bridge was far from ideal, as he featured in less than 500 minutes of league football. He returned to Atletico Madrid in the summer, and even though he wanted to leave the club, a move did not materialise.
Saul was even linked with a move away from Atleti in January. But Valencia, who were interested in him at the time, could not afford the deal, particularly because of the player’s salary and transfer fees.
The report from Mundo Deportivo states that Valencia have retained their interest in the player. But in addition to Los Che, Saul has been targeted by two other Spanish teams in the form of Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla.
Rayo have expressed the desire to sign Saul in the coming season. But they are likely to face economic difficulties in funding a move for the midfielder. The same can be said for Sevilla.
Saul’s current contract at Atletico Madrid expires in 2026, a deal that was agreed when the player was at his peak. But the long contract has now come back to haunt Atleti, as they desperately look to get rid of the Spanish international.
With his suitors likely to face financial trouble in weighing up a move, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Saul in the coming summer.
Saul is not the only Atletico Madrid player facing an uncertain future, with Axel Witsel’s father also hinting at a possible exit recently.