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.
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.