Our three Copa América participants Elias, Perea and Agüero were supposed to join their team-mates on Sunday, but only the Colombian was seen in Madrid.
Luis Perea returned to the Spanish capital quickly after his national team was eliminated from the South American tournament and showed his face at the Cerro del Espino last weekend to say hello to new coach Manzano. On Sunday, the Colombian officially started his new season for Atlético with a double training session.
Elias, who only featured in one game for the Seleçao, will join the squad tomorrow.
Kun Agüero, the villain in our long transfer saga this summer, has been granted some extra days off to resolve his future.
The Argentine stayed back in Buenos Aires and it is unknown when he’s expected back in Madrid.
Despite rumours linking Kun to Manchester City he still hasn’t found a new club and Atleti has surprisingly included him in the list for our upcoming Europa League qualifier against Stromsgodset.
Other surprises of the list are the absences of Diego Godín and Elias. The UEFA regulations rule that we can only register as many non-EU players as we can in the Spanish league, which means we also face our passport issue in the Europa League.
Diego Costa, Eduardo Salvio and Miranda have been included so we can only assume that Godín and Elias were left off because they hardly featured for their national sides this past month.
Atleti had to hand in an A-list with our first team players, and a B-list, containing players born after 1 January 1990 who have been at the club longer than 2 years. This ruled out Atlético B ‘keeper Iago Herrerín, leaving us thin in the goalkeeping department.
17-year old David Gil is the only backup to Joel, as Sergio Asenjo won’t be available for our games against Stromsgodset. Fortunately we’re allowed to make one change until 24 hours before the first match, so there’s still a chance to include our latest addition Thibaut Courtois.
4. Mario Suárez
7. Diego Forlán
Although these new numbers are not confirmed as the definitive ones for the new season, there are some interesting observations to point out.
Joel, Asenjo, Filipe, Pulido, and Koke have all changed numbers, while Adrián takes up the 9 which belonged to Elias.
Borja has not been included in the first team, despite the #13 being available. We can only assume De Gea’s old number will go to Courtois.