Atlético has returned to work. Still without the last internationals to finish last year (Savic, Nahuel, De Paul, Carrasco, Griezmann, Morata and João Félix) and with several footballers working at their individual pace, case of Oblak, Giménez, Memphis or Reinildo, Simeone has gone to the Academy to complete the first training sessions and will also count on them for the tour of friendly preparations for the start of the course.
AS has already been advancing that Cholo has several of the Atleti B players among his trusted reinforcements. Last year Pablo Barrios was promoted to stay and get a token from the first team thanks to his response to the technician when the team most in need was in the middle. and this summer Iturbe, Gomis, Boñar, Kostis, Gismera, Marco Moreno and Carlos Martín They were the ones chosen to be able to show themselves during the summer before Simeone. All this in addition to Giulianoback after his assignment at Zaragoza, and waiting for Riquelme and Camel, called up by the U-21 team in the European Championship and who return after their loans in the First Division, in Girona and Rayo respectively. Finally there has been a last minute change. the goalkeeper Sergio Mestre, 18 years old, has joined the first practices to cover a goal that keeps Oblak on the sidelines, although today he has begun to play grass. Mestre accompanies Grbic, Gomis and Iturbe.
And Javier Boñar, also 18, is not among Cholo’s deserving players. Everything has a reason. Right or central winger, the young rojiblanca promise has suffered a change of plans due to the signing of César Azpilicueta. The Navarrese is an expert in both positions and the incorporation of him has been closed expressly. Simeone adds a 33-year-old veteran who knows the trade perfectly and joins Nahuel Molina on the right as a variant and in the center of the rear to compete for a place in the eleven with Savic, Giménez, Hermoso, Söyüncü, Mouriño (these last two also joined this summer) and Reinildo once he is recovered. The needs of the first team have been reduced at the back, where the four signings of the summer have been produced (the other is the left side Javi Galan), has also returned Renan Lodi While a team is being searched for, there is the Witsel variant and Simeone has chosen to mention only the central defenders Ilias Kotis20 years old and an Under-21 international with Cyprus and Marco Morenowho exercises on the sidelines after finishing last year injured.
Aitor Gismera will be able to shine in the pivot position, where Kondogbia has left and The signing in which Andrea Berta works has not yet arrived and Carlos Martin up front while his loan to Zaragoza is being negotiated. Javier Bonar For his part, he will join the training sessions of the second team and will be under Tevenet’s orders. A player in full growth. Just after coming of age, last season he jumped from Juvenil A to Atleti B. He ended up playing 15 league games in the RFEF Second Division, starting nine and four in the promotion playoff in the eleven, including a goal against Espanyol B. Also indisputable in the Youth League, author of a goal in the Cívitas Metropolitano corresponding to the round of 16 against Genk. The signing of Azpilicueta has meant that Boñar does not start the preseason with the first team. But his name is still listed in red as one of the Academy’s greatest promises. What’s more, the Navarrese is a perfect learning model for a Boñar who experienced a huge leap in his career last year. Now it’s his turn to wait, his time will come soon.