Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone claimed that Kieran Trippier is a vital member of Roji Blanco's squad but hinted that the right-back may leave the club amid speculation linking him with a transfer to Newcastle.
are approaching their first transfer window after being taken over by a Saudi Arabian-backed firm in October, with the club apparently launching a formal proposal to signTrippier
as the club's first signing of the new era.
On Saturday,Atletico Madrid
addressed the transfer rumor by expressing his respect for Trippier, while he acknowledged that coaches cannot influence players' choices to leave the club.
"Kieran Trippier has to decide whether he is leaving or not,"
told reporters on New Year's Day at his news conference
"We will move on following his decision. We have always had these situations where very good players have the possibility of leaving.
"It will depend on what the player wants. We will then look for solutions. We coaches can't do too much in terms of players' decisions. We can only tell Trippier how important he is for the team."
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