‘Augusto not leaving Celta for Atleti’

Celta Vigo boss Eduardo Berizzo has quashed speculation linking “indispensable” Augusto Fernandez with a January switch to Atletico Madrid.

Berizzo was speaking at a Press conference ahead of Celta’s trip to Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday, and the topic of Fernandez’s future came up in discussion, amidst reports the midfielder was being lined up by Atleti as a replacement for Tiago Mendes next month.

“I have no fears about [Augusto] leaving,” the Coach said.

“If you ask me whether we’d allow him to leave, I’d say that he’s an indispensable player for us.

"We haven’t spoken [about the rumours], but Augusto already knows what I think of him.

“He knows how highly we value him. He’s an indispensable player and I can’t imagine us letting go of him.

“Betis are a team who get going quickly, driven on by their fans, so we need to be well-organised and quickly recognise the type of game we’re playing.

“I like how we’re improving with each step we take. All the bad things which happen to us are obstacles to overcome.”

Fernandez, who reportedly garnered interest from Valencia last season, is only half-owned by Celta, with former club Velez Sarsfield retaining the other 50 percent.

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