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Atletico Madrid players want Vrsaljko to stay in January

Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic is hoping Sime Vrsaljko remains at the club past January after gaining interest from a number of clubs.

It was claimed two weeks ago that the Madrid based side had told Arsenal and Napoli that Vrsaljko will not be leaving the club in the January transfer window.

However, Marca countered those reports, claiming the defender has asked to leave the club.

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.

But, Savic is keen to see his team-mate remain at the Wanda Metropolitano past the winter transfer window.

“He played really well and it was a performance that was important for him,” Savic told reporters.

“Recently he has been very unfortunate as he has had a knee injury and then he picked up a back problem but he has fought back to be on the pitch.

“I believe he is an important player for us and it’s great for us to have players like Sime to come into the team and show what they can do.

“I don’t think he will leave the club, he has the quality to stay and I’m sure he wants to be here.”

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.

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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.

Both Napoli and Arsenal continue to show interest, whilst a number of Spanish clubs are also looking in to a potential cut-price deal.

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

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