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Simeone refuses to discuss Suarez transfer clause concern

17-Feb-2021, 12:09 am

Luis Suarez Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid 2020-21

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has declined to weigh in on recent reports that striker Luis Suarez has a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer.

This particular issue is of grave concern toAtletico Madrid, however: Suarez has been a driving force behind the club's top-of-the-table campaign and his exit would deal a devastating blow to Simeone's front line. He has scored 16 league goals already this season.

"Normally I don't talk about personal contracts," Simeone said.

"I talk about how to attack, how to play, but I don't interfere in personal matters."

As Marca first reported earlier this week, Suarez can choose to leave Atletico Madrid on a free transfer this summer, essentially giving him the right to pick his club for 2021-22. But the Spanish publication noted that Suarez is happy enough withthe thriving team that he is unlikely to go elsewhere.

His production, after all, has beenrecord-setting and burnished his legacy as one of the greatest strikers of his generation.

Based on the information coming out of Spain, this all seems like much ado about nothing for now. If Atletico Madrid choke away La Liga and crash out of the Champions League in the last-16, perhaps Suarez will have second-thoughts about his future. But at the moment, the prospect of him leaving Atleticowon't be top of mind for Simeone, who has more immediate concerns.

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