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Vrsaljko plays down Atletico Madrid exit talk

Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko has played down speculation linking him with a move away from the Spanish club.

It was claimed last week that the Madrid based side have told Arsenal and Napoli that Vrsaljko will not be leaving the club in the January transfer window.

And, now the defender himself has weighed in with comments on his future.

“I have no problems at Atletico Madrid,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“I’m not playing much at the moment, but there’s no issue. Simeone invited me to talk 10 days ago and we discussed everything, from my physical condition to my football. It was a good conversation and I got a positive impression from it.

“I have a good rapport with Simeone, as he is a Coach who says what he thinks and also listens to the opinions of his players.

“My knee injury made it difficult, but it’s not exactly a revelation that a ruptured ligament is a long-term issue. It requires a long and careful rehabilitation that cannot be rushed.

“I listened to the medics and there was some pain that stopped me from getting completely back to my best. After treatment, I feel better and just need to be patient.

“Links to Napoli? I won’t comment on that.”

Corriere dello Sport reported the news that both the Gunners and the Serie A side are ready to make contact with the Spanish club over a potential deal.

Having arrived in the Spanish capital last season in a £14m deal from Italian club Sassuolo – the Croatian full-back made his presence known, replacing the experienced Spaniard Juanfran at right back.

However, a knee problem saw him end last season on the sidelines and the form of Juanfran has seen him fail to get back into Diego Simeone’s starting eleven, although that is now expected to change given a hamstring problem with Filipe Luis.

Napoli, who are currently leading the Serie A standings believe the defender can be an adequate replacement for the injured Faouzi Ghoulam and they were keen to tie up a deal in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also keen with Arsene Wenger keen to bolster his defensive options.

However, club officials at the Spanish club have now informed all interested parties that no deal will be made or discussed.

Vrsaljko spent a season on loan with Italian side Genoa before moving to Sassuolo and then Atleti.

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