The only thing constant in soccer is change. No matter how loved a player or coach is, a football club is almost always certain to choose a better player or manager over the one they already have.
After a summer that saw Ivan Rakitic relegated to a midfield backup it comes as no surprise to see him as one of the most talked about want-outs in Europe as the January transfer window draws near. Atletico Madrid are the latest club to be reported to have their eyes set on the Serbia should Ernesto Valverde stick to his guns of choosing Frankie de Jong and Artur over the midfield veteran.
The team, Atletico Madrid is close to an extreme position to Sign-In an excellent alternative to James Rodriguez. They are absolutely ready to Sign-In Rodrigo who is a well known forward from Valencia, according to Marca. As the 28-year-old missed out on his training, it has been finalized that he is set to join the team Atletico Madrid. The deal has been made between Madrid and him for 60 million Euros.
In addition to this, it is also known that he has already bid farewell to the team Valencia and has said goodbye to his team-mates. He has said that he is on his way to Madrid for medications. Though his destinations are not known by all, plenty of his mates at Valencia also believe that he was thinking of moving and assured it weeks before.
Former Liverpool player Alberto Aquilani said that he is happy for the Liverpool fans after their team has managed to overturn a 3-0 defeat to qualify for the Champions League final. He said that it is not easy to beat Barcelona and to have beaten them by 3-0 is a wonderful achievement.
He said that Jurgen Klopp is a wonderful manager and that he has successfully managed to improve this Liverpool side. He said that the team can still win the title in the Premier League and that fans should still believe.
According to the reports presented by Diario AS, Atlectico Madrid’s midfielder Saul Niguez is on top priority of Barcelona’s wish list and the team is ready to do anything as much as making a €110m move to get the midfielder in summer.
According to the reports, Barcelona seem to be after Madrid’s midfield maestro Saul Niguez, the Spanish player, in summer and are prepared to pay an amount as huge as
€110m in order to make him their ‘galactico’ signing.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone said that he wants to focus on football rather than speculating on transfer news. He said that for as long as the January transfer window remains open, there will be plenty of speculation about possible transfers.
He said that this is normal as there are so many quality players at Atletico Madrid at the moment and it is normal that big clubs will want to attract them. He said that he will have to work with that and make sure that they focus on their football as well.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said that he is proud of his players despite their defeat against Borussia Dortmund. He said that his team has played better than in their previous games despite a 4-0 defeat in Germany.
The Atletico Madrid boss said that sometimes football can be really strange and that this is what happened in the Champions League match. He said that his team played better than in the game which they drew against Sevilla and still they were hammered by Borussia Dortmund.
Spanish football powerhouse Atletico Madrid are increasingly set to lose their star player Antoine Griezmann, as per reports. Despite the France international helping them to another Europa League title win, there is a strong possibility that the 27-year old will exit the La Liga side this summer.
Coach Diego Simeone says he is happy with whatever decision the player makes. Fernando Torres has gotten his farewell and is set to end his stay at the club while two other attackers were shipped out in January. With Diego Costa still at the club, and Atletico having options, they could still manage if Griezmann left even though it would surely hurt them.
Atletico Madrid have not been the same force that they were last season, as they have struggled to score goals on a regular basis this time around. A lot of it has to do with the numerous personnel changes that have happened in the summer. Star striker Diego Costa, who contributed most of the goals last season is now playing for Chelsea, is being felt since Mario Mandzukic is not exactly the same kind of player. In order to continue getting the results, Atletico have had to modify their style of football in the last few months.
They have been getting more number of goals from set pieces than most of the teams from Spain or Italy. This, in turn, has led to the criticism of the team’s style of football from various quarters. Due to the Spanish league being highly technical, teams do not often resort to physical style of football. Their manager, Diego Simeone, who was recently voted as the best manager in Spain last season, says that he is happy with the threat from set pieces and he finds no in using them to the benefit of his team. Atletico managed a 1-0 win over Getafe in the latest league encounter. Summer signing Mandzukic scored the only goal of the game in the 40th minute.
“It happened again today. It’s a tool in football, it seems like it’s a bad thing to score goals like this. It’s normal to have these types of options. After playing three games this week, it’s not an easy thing to score eight goals and keep three clean sheets,” said Atletico manager. They have been finding it difficult to match the exploits of last season. It is not surprising that they are fifth in the table, but they are just two points below Barcelona.