Atleti's Gimenez unaware of Real Madrid interest

The Uruguay international maintains that he is in the dark amid reports of potential interest from the Spanish giants and says he is merely focusing on recuperating this summer

Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez insists he is unaware of any potential interest from rivals Real Madrid and says he is “calm” over his future.

Gimenez moved to the Vicente Calderon ahead of the 2013-14 season and became a mainstay of Atletico’s backline in 2015-16, making 27 La Liga appearances.

The 21-year-old’s form has led to reports that city rivals Madrid, who beat Atleti on a penalty shootout in the Champions League final last month, are readying a big-money move for the Uruguay defender.

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However, Gimenez maintains that he is solely focused on recuperating after playing for Uruguay at the Copa America Centenario.

“I know nothing [about interest from Madrid],” Gimenez told Marca.

“I am calm and just thinking about the holidays. In addition, I have a contract with the club [Atletico].”

Atleti finished third in La Liga last season, just three points adrift of champions Barcelona.

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