Atletico Madrid president denies favourable treatment given to Chelsea

Atletico Madrid president was quizzed about Chelsea at a press conference on Tuesday.

It has been a complicated off-season for La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, with Chelsea forcing them to rebuild.

The Blues recalled goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from the club, where he had spent three seasons on loan. Then they bought top scorer Diego Costa, and most recently first choice left-back Filipe Luis.

Atletico have since replaced the trio, with Jan Oblak, Mario Mandzukic and Guilherme Siqueira, but of course given a choice they would not have needed to.

Enrique Cerezo, club president, took a press conference on Tuesday, and fielded several questions, including one which asked if favourable treatment was given to Chelsea in the transfer market.

He responded, as reported by AS: "Diego Costa has gone with the termination clause, Filipe, virtually. Sometimes players want to play on a team and play, but sometimes you want to play and when they say no there is no return. Anyway, there have been many cases of those."

Cerezo, having dismissed such suggestions, hinting that Atletico may even turn the tables on Chelsea regarding Fernando Torres.

"So far he has not come home, but this is a good reception here and everyone who wants to come is welcome."

He also spoke confidently that defender Miranda would not be leaving; "He is aware of what he is doing and is going to stay here."

Chelsea have certainly done well out of Atletico, but the working relationship has been mutual. The Blues did them a huge favour by allowing them to have Courtois on loan for three years, and have paid substantial money for Luis and Costa.

There is certainly work for them to do in terms of remodelling their team, but in terms of ensuring their squad rises to the challenge of retaining their title, being forced to shake up the personnel slightly and bring in players with fresh motivation and points to prove, could land up working in their favour.

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