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Atletico Madrid Mini News Review

Posted by atleti on July 9, 2007

A hodgepodge entry. 

A transfer move for Ricardo Quaresma has reached a stand-still, again, as OPorto refuse to accept any offer lower than 25 million euros. In truth, that is a huge sum for a player who was worth less than that during the January transfer window. At this point, I’m quite pleased with Atleti’s new midfielders (Raul Garcia, Luis Garcia, Cleber Santana) as I am equally pleased that the club haven’t (and won’t) lose Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Petrov in the summer transfer market.

Two midfielders have left so far: Galletti for Olympiakos and Gabi for Real Zaragoza. I suspect Costinha will make an exit soon enough as he has expressed his frustration in not having enough playing time– I consider him (like central midfielder Peter Luccin) a liability, so I wouldn’t lose any sleep if he (or, both) manages a move out of the club.

Meanwhile, Cléber Santana was officially unveiled earlier today. “I feel very pleased to be on a team like Atletico de Madrid. I plan on doing everything within my power to help the team achieve the goals that they’ve set.” Goals, of course, being UEFA cup action and a solid domestic league run.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), the club will unveil Diego da Silva Costa, the 18-year old Brasilian striker from Sporting Braga.

In terms of pre-seasoning training, 28 footballers participated in a training session today in preparation for Intertoto: goalkeepers Leo Franco, Abbiati, Pichu and Falcón; defenders Seitaridis, Valera, Molinero, Regalón, Pablo, Zé Castro, Fabiano Eller, Antonio López and Pernía; midfielders Maxi Rodríguez, Luis García, Maniche, Jurado, Raúl García, Luccin, Costinha, Miguel de las Cuevas, Ignacio Camacho, Cléber Santana and Petrov; and strikers Mista, Braulio, Diego da Silva and Jacobo.

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