Atlético Madrid currently has 15 players out on loan. Some of these players we may see wear the red and white jersey again, while others aren’t likely to come back.
“Óliver and Alderweireld, for example, are finishing an excellent season with Porto and Southampton and we count on them for the following season,” said Atlético’s sporting director José Luis Pérez Caminero.
Óliver Torres has struggled through some injuries during his time in Portugal, however his season has been nothing short of spectacular. In 19 league matches, ‘Oli’ has scored six and assisted another six. Porto’s play nearly always goes through Oliver’s boots.
Whilst over in England, Toby Alderweireld has been an integral player for Southampton this season. The Saints have the best defensive record in the Premier League and Alderweireld has played 18 matches. The Belgian centre-back has only missed games through injury.
With the lack of creativity displayed on the pitch when Koke and Arda are absent, Atleti fans have been crying out for Óliver to return, to dictate the flow of the ball for Simeone’s men.
Jose María Giménez has stepped up his game this season and filled the void whenever Miranda or Godín were not present. However, it would be nice to have another quality centre-half like Alderweireld especially if Miranda does decide to leave at the end of the season.
Caminero also spoke about how other players have been progressing nicely due to the amount of minutes they’ve had, such as Insúa, Leo Baptistao and Thomas.
Along with the players returning from loan, Atlético also has other plans for pre-season.
“Our preseason tour will take place in Asia,” said Caminero. “The team will enjoy the best facilities during this tour in order to prepare themselves for the tough competition that will await us at the beginning of the season.”