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Veteran Atletico Madrid defender set to sign one-year contract extension



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Atletico Madrid’s defence has been a constant talking point throughout the season, as always. Not for the right reasons this time around, though. Los Rojiblancos have always been known for their tight back-line, but that has not been the case this time around.

Heading into the summer transfer window, the club are looking to beef up their resources by signing a couple of centre-backs. However, renewing the existing players is equally as important.

Felipe has been one of the mainstays in Atletico’s defence this season, making 22 appearances in La Liga alone. While he has not had a particularly memorable season, his experience is invaluable to the team, especially if they are unable to sign players in the summer.

According to reports from Bruno Andrade, the Brazilian will remain at Atletico for atleast one more season. Contract discussions between the two parties have caught pace in recent weeks, and the new deal will see him at Wanda Metropolitano until June 2023.

Multiple clubs from Brazil have made contact with the centre back over a possible move. Amongst them are Flamengo, Botafogo and Corinthians. However, the player has pushed away those offers for a renewal.

Felipe averages an interception, a tackle, three clearances and three ball recoveries in every game. Moreover, he has scored two goals and provided one assist in the league alone.

The one criticism of the Brazilian at Atletico Madrid has been his regular suspensions. Felipe saw his third red card of the season against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, Simeone has continued to place his faith in the veteran and will continue to do so for next season.

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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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