14 July 2016

Gimenez facing massive decision

Defender attracting interest from Europe's top clubs

My piece for MARCA

With his future very much up in the air, Jose Maria Gimenez has officially joined up with his Atletico Madrid colleagues for pre-season training, along with Diego Godin who also featured for Uruguay during the Copa America Centenario in the United States.

Featuring 37 times last season, the defender lost his place to Stefan Savic towards end of the campaign, the Montenegrin arriving back for pre-season a full week before his teammates.

But the Uruguay international was selected for many of the biggest games in 2015/16 and it is clear that Diego Simeone values having competition for places in this crucial area of the team and there is no reason to think that he is unsettled at the Champions League runners-up.

Gimenez's performances even drew suitors in the shape of Real Madrid, Juventus, and also Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, but as far as Los Rojiblancos are concerned his buyout clause of €65 million remains non-negotiable.

Atletico are in the process of welcoming back players who have been on international duty with new signing Sime Vrsaljko due to join up with the team on Sunday, followed by Koke, Juanfran and Nicolas Gaitan, with Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann both on extended leave until August 4.


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