Prior to making his second trip to Germany this week to join new club Borussia Mönchengladbach, now former Atlético defender Álvaro Domínguez paid a visit to the Vicente Calderón on Thursday to bid his boyhood club and its fans an emotional farewell. The 23-year-old was accompanied by Atleti directors, members of his family and former
Atlético Madrid defender and youth academy product Alvaro Domínguez agreed to a contract extension with his boyhood club through 2015 this week, reports AS. The 22-year-old’s original contract ran through the summer of 2012. Born in Madrid, Alvaro joined the ranks of Atleti’s cantera from Real Madrid’s youth system at the age of 12. Domínguez
Following Thursday morning’s practice session, Atleti’s four captains appointed for the current campaign, Antonio López, Luis Perea, Álvaro Domínguez and Gabi, sat down for a press conference which took place on Atlético C’s match field at the Majadahonda training facilities.
“Incomprehensible!” That was the gut reaction of most Atleti fans after Vicente del Bosque released his latest list of players called up for Spain’s upcoming clash against Italy. José Antonio Reyes, left off the selection, continues to be ignored by the Spanish boss and for yet another round, La Roja does not contain a single Atleti player. With Domínguez rumoured to be in the mix for an upcoming call-up, los Rojiblancos may soon, once again, have their very own ambassador.
Atlético continued their steady climb up the Primera División ladder on Sunday with an all-around dominant showing over freefalling visitors Real Sociedad. The lively 3-0 victory was los Colchoneros’ second win in a row, and they now trail 5th place by a single point ahead of next weekend’s clash against Espanyol.
Atlético finally got their first win of 2011 after five tries to close out the halfway point in sixth place, besting their point total from a year ago by seven. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores shook up the line-up ahead of the clash following a set of sub-par performances by his squad and the untimely injury to Sergio Agüero.
In the pre-game news conference ahead of the match against Levante, Atlético manager Quique Sánchez Flores lashed out at Alvaro Dominguez’s representatives at the Bahía Internacional agency, who he holds responsible for the defender’s decline in form. An associate at the firm struck back on a popular Spanish television programme.
Atlético central defender Alvaro Dominguez has been dropped from the starting lineup for three consecutive weeks, leaving the Rojiblanco faithful baffled as to how their young star has so quickly fallen from grace. Many have suspected that manager Quique Sánchez Flores simply wants his player to fully recover from an ankle sprain that he sustained several weeks back, but the player himself said, “If I’m not playing now, I don’t think it’s because of my injury.”
Atlético defender Álvaro Domínguez returned to the practice field this morning and appears to have fully recovered from the ankle sprain he suffered a little over two weeks ago, the club’s official site reports. MARCA reports that he should be match-fit in time for the derby against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on the 7 November.
Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea left the training ground yesterday morning after feeling pain in his right thigh. His availability for Thursday’s crucial Europa League tie against Norwegian champion Rosenborg is now in doubt. In a press conference following the training session, De Gea told reporters, “I hope to be able to play on Thursday.”