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Real Sociedad and Getafe are interested in signing Atletico Madrid fullback



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Less than six months ago, Diego Simeone gave the ‘yes’ to sign Daniel Wass as Atletico Madrid’s new right-back.

The Spanish international was thought to be an ideal short-term replacement for the departing Kieran Trippier and signed a contract with Los Rojiblancos for a year and a half.

Since his arrival in January, Wass has not enjoyed the best of times in Madrid. He participated in only one La Liga game which was the first game Los Rojiblancos played after his transfer.

His stocks subsequently crashed and he now finds himself excluded from the manager’s plans for next season. As such, he defender looks set to depart the Wanda Metropolitano after six underwhelming months.

The club are willing to part ways with the player and several parties are said to be interested in his services.

According to reports from El Gold Digital (h/t Info Real Sociedad), Real Sociedad are interested in signing Wass this summer.

The Danish international would serve as a reinforcement to the Basque side after Joseba Zaldua’s departure. However, Getafe, too have shown their interest in the player and will compete for his signing.

Even after Zaldua’s departure, Imanol Barrenetxea will be able to count on Andoni Gorosabel to cover at right-back. The 25-year-old played 32 league games for the Basque side last season and provided four assists in the process.

However, the lack of backup options prompts the management to look for a new signing.

With the Spaniard set to leave, Atletico Madrid turn their eyes toward Mallorca’s Pablo Maffeo as their top target to be the new right-back.

While Nahuel Molina and Emerson Royal too were considered legitimate options, the tight financial situation and lack of form, respectively, ruled out their signings.

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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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