Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has admitted Koke’s injury is a big loss, but believes Atletico can deal with his absence. Torres  and Corea came off the bench against Eiber to inspire the los colchoneros to a 2-0 victory. The only blot on that win was Koke’s injury, and Simeone admits that the Spaniard will be a big loss. “He’s a very important player for us. He has all the attributes of the complete midfielder: he does defensive work, he can pass between the lines, he’s good at dead balls and has a good engine… He always knows what the team needs. He’s a big loss” . Simeone also praised Fernando Torres’ hardwork and thinks it is paying him dividends. “Fernando is doing very well. He came back for pre-season in great shape and worked very hard. His efforts are paying off. He needs there to be demands made of him and we’re demanding he perform at his very best. […]

No single player in the world football in past one decade has made his mark on the game in the manner FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has done it. The midfield maestro is set to bid adieu to the club where he spent 24 glorious years, to play in Qatar. The likes of Paul Pogba, Koke and Ilkay Gundogan are regarded as his possible replacements.

Chelsea will try to sign Atletico Madrid’s star midfielder Koke by giving the Spanish club a chance to re-sign Felipe Luis. Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, is believed to be a huge admirer of Spanish midfielder Koke. It is believed that Chelsea had enquired about the player’s availability last season before the 23-year-old signed a new five-year deal at Atletico 10 months ago. The contract extension means that Koke’s release clause stands at a whopping £48 million but Chelsea are not put off by the huge amount and will try to sign the Spaniard in the summer transfer window. Chelsea and Atletico share a good relationship having been involved in a lot of transfer activity amongst themselves last summer. The relationship started with Chelsea loaning Thibaut Courtois to the Spanish side and has developed since. Four players have enjoyed the privilege of playing for both the big clubs in their career. Thibaut Courtois spent three seasons on loan at Atletico, winning […]