Atletico president: United, Bayern linked defenders to stay; Chelsea target could go

Atletico Madrid

Despite the latest transfer rumours, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has made it clear he expects no further departures this summer.

Winning La Liga and reaching the Champions League final last season has led to a host of top European clubs chasing Atletico’s star performers, but the Rojiblancos supremo has vowed Koke and defensive duo Miranda and Diego Godin are going nowhere.

In spite of Diego Costa’s impending move to Chelsea, he said: "We are not a selling club. We are a stable club. And I insist: Koke wants to play for Atletico, he is our franchise player and will continue a Rojiblanco. There's nothing else to add."

He went on to add: "It's very hard today to find a defensive pairing like Miranda and Godin, almost impossible. I believe that, as with Koke, they will continue here," he said.

Miranda and Godin both had outstanding seasons at the heart of defence for Diego Simeone’s side and it’s no surprise Atletico are having to fend off interest for their signatures.

Godin is currently preparing for the World Cup with Uruguay while Miranda is one of seven players on the standby list for Brazil’s side.

Both have had interest in their services - as Bayern chase Godin and Manchester United have been linked with Miranda.

Koke has emerged as one of Barcelona's main summer transfer targets this summer, but Barca have also been linked with a move for central defender Miranda. Despite the interest, Cerezo is adament Atleti’s defensive central pairing will still be at the Vicente Calderón Stadium next season to defend their La Liga title.

However, it looks like Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis could be allowed to leave if someone triggers a release clause in his contract. Should he signal he wants a move, it looks like Chelsea, who are rumoured to be interested, will be his destination.

Cerezo has hinted the full-back may be on his way out, by admitting his fondness for Granada’s Guilherme Siqueira. He said: “Siqueira is a good player. If someone goes we will try to bring in someone better."

There are reports Atletico have already agreed an £8.1million fee for the 28-year-old who impressed while on loan at Portuguese treble-winners Benfica last season.

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