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Spanish trio linked with exit by lfctalk
January 30, 2009, 10:19
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Spanish sports newspaper AS claims that Atletico Madrid are planning to bid for some of Liverpool’s Spanish contingent should Rafa Benitez leave Anfield.

The article claims that Atletico have been tipped that Benitez’s position is under threat given the ongoing power struggle at Anfield.

“The coach has broken off contract negotiations with Liverpool. If Benitez leaves, then Xabi Alonso, Arbeloa and Reina will be more accessible.” a source is quoted as saying.

AS say that Atletico have plenty of quality attacking options, but have an urgent need: “for a first class organiser in the centre of midfield and, as a result, they will focus their efforts on a longstanding target who will once again be on the market: Xabi Alonso.”

It also says that: “AS reported last November that Arbeloa is one of two right backs that Atletico would like to sign for next season. The player subsequently responded several days later saying that it is clear in his mind that one day he will return to Madrid.”

While on the subject of Reina – “an old dream of Atletico’s” – the paper writes: “Atletico Madrid have been monitoring Reina’s situation for several seasons. The player matches the profile of a keeper who fits within Atletico’s desire to sign more Spanish players. However, Reina’s role as Rafa’s right hand man has impeded his departure from Liverpool.”


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piss off rafa

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