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Gelson Martins feels betrayed by Diego Simeone; eyes Atletico exit
Gelson Martins's last year has been very dramatic. He was a part of the group of players who were attacked by a group of Sporting Lisbon fans at the club's training centre. Following the incident, he asked for his contract to be terminated and Atletico Madrid swooped in.
Despite signing on a free transfer initially, Atletico ended up paying €22.5 million as compensation after the Portuguese side threatened to take them to court. The winger was signed with a lot of promise, and his speed was vital as the Spanish side play counter-attacking football.
However, he did not suit Simeone's system and was benched more often than not. Martins then sought a loan move away in January and revived himself at AS Monaco. The winger is keen on returning to the Ligue 1 side on a permanent deal and is hoping that a deal is sorted quickly.
“I will have to wait and see if I return to Monaco. They want me to come back, and I do not want to return to Atletico Madrid. I am still the same player that I was last year, that has not changed. But my characteristics do not fit into Simeone's team, as they are very defensive.”
Talking about Simeone's betrayal, he said:
“When I signed, Simeone told me that I would play a lot as they look to play a counter-attack style, but I was mainly used as a substitute. I am a little disappointed in Simeone."
Reports suggest that AS Monaco are ready to snap him up, and are willing to pay €30 million for him. The winger was also linked with Liverpool while rumours of interest from Manchester United have also been going around.