Vrsaljko plays down speculation

Atletico Madrid full-back Sime Vrsaljko has dismissed reports he may leave the club and insists he has a ‘good rapport’ with Coach Diego Simeone.

The Croatian – who joined Atleti in 2016 from Sassuolo but has started only 13 league games since – has been linked with a January move to Napoli due to a long-term injury to Faouzi Ghoulam.

“I have no problems at Atletico Madrid,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“I’m not playing much at the moment, but there’s no issue. Simeone invited me to talk 10 days ago and we discussed everything, from my physical condition to my football. It was a good conversation and I got a positive impression from it.

“I have a good rapport with Simeone, as he is a Coach who says what he thinks and also listens to the opinions of his players.

“My knee injury made it difficult, but it’s not exactly a revelation that a ruptured ligament is a long-term issue. It requires a long and careful rehabilitation that cannot be rushed.

“I listened to the medics and there was some pain that stopped me from getting completely back to my best. After treatment, I feel better and just need to be patient.

“Links to Napoli? I won’t comment on that.”

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