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Real Madrid’s wage cap set at €683 million by La Liga, Atletico Madrid given €170 million boost



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La Liga have released the spending limits for clubs for the 2022/23 campaign following the closure of the summer transfer window.

The spending limit represents the maximum amount that each club can spend during that particular season after the summer window, including expenses on the first team in relation to players, managers, coaching staff, reserves and youth systems and so on.

Real Madrid had been handed a massive spending limit of €739 million for the 2021/22 campaign, which has slightly dipped down to €683.5 million for the current season. Despite the slight cuts, Los Blancos remain the club with the largest salary cap in La Liga.

The Spanish champions’ local rivals, Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, have seen an increase in their wage cap allotment. For the previous campaign, La Liga had set a limit of €171 million for Los Colchoneros in the summer of last year.

It has almost doubled to €341 million for the 2022/23 season as per the official data released by La Liga. It makes Atletico Madrid the team with the third-highest wage cap for the current campaign.

Sandwiched between the two Madrid clubs are Barcelona, who have received a massive financial boost this season, thanks to the triggering of their four economic levers this summer.

As a result, Barcelona have seen their salary cap rise from -€144 million in January to €656.5 million for the new season.

Elche have the lowest spending limit of all clubs in La Liga for 2022/23, with an allotment of €42.672 million.

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  1. David

    September 10, 2022 at 6:14 am

    Why has elche still got the lowest budget after 3 years in the top division,its obvious Tebas has still issues with elche.

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Atletico Madrid midfielder on the derby against Real Madrid: “Very difficult to beat them”



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Following a 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener against Lazio, Atletico Madrid will shift all their attention to La Liga, as they brace themselves for the derby against Real Madrid this weekend.

Heading into this game, Atleti midfielder Marcos Llorente spoke about Real Madrid’s quality and Atletico Madrid’s chances of squeezing all three points from this iconic derby.

Llorente on Madrid derby

“The sensations are good. The team is very good, the other day we played a great game despite ending up drawing. I really think that the team did a great job that must be maintained for this match,” Llorente said in an interview with Diario AS.

When asked whether or not Real Madrid being tagged as favourites could aid Atleti, the midfielder said, “Honestly, it neither motivates me nor demotivates me. We simply have to do what we work on during the week, what the coach asks of us.”

Llorente stressed the importance of the game, adding, “It is a great rival we have in front of us, they are having a very good start to the season and that motivates me and everyone to try to play a good game.”

Real Madrid is a great club, they have great players and it is very difficult to beat them. I think we have competed, we have also achieved several draws, but in the end, either you go out one hundred percent and do things very, very well or it is difficult to beat them,” he added.

A former member of the Real Madrid youth academy, Llorente joined Atletico Madrid in 2019. Since then, he has racked up over 150 competitive appearances for Los Colchoneros.

Llorente, though, said he feels no sense of vindication when he performs well against his former team.

“No. In the end, it’s been many years since I left there and I’m at Atlético. Perhaps in the first years, those types of feelings and sensations can arise, but today they no longer do,” he said.

Marcos Llorente confident of Atletico Madrid’s chances ahead of the derby (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Llorente on Vinicius, Koke & Bellingham

The Atletico Madrid star went on to talk about other aspects of the game, including the fact that his team had one less player every time they faced Real Madrid last season.

“I have zero worries. These are things that are not in our remit, that escape our hands. We play football, the referees referee and those who have to decide decide,” he said.

Llorente, in fact, said that the return of Koke could be a real boost for Atleti. “It is always good that Koke is with us, both on the field and in the day-to-day life of the game,” he said.

“Beyond the grass. The support he gives, the advice he gives us, his experience. it is always important to have him and it is great news that he is already training with us,” he added.

Talking about the absence of Vinicius Junior and the form of Jude Bellingham, Llorente said, “Well, you have to be careful with everyone. All Real Madrid players are very good and can make a difference at any moment of the game. Bellingham is having a great start and we have to take that into account and be very focused.”

Finally, Marcos Llorente put out a message for all the Atletico Madrid fans, claiming their support ahead of this crucial encounter this weekend.

“It will be a full house as always. We don’t have to tell them anything, they know the importance of this match for Atlético, we know that they never fail, they are always supporting us and we count on them,” he said.

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