Diego Simeone has called for the summer transfer window to close earlier after a number of Atletico Madrid players were linked with moves away from the club with the season already under way.

Joao Felix was linked with a move to Old Trafford by the Spanish newspaper Marca this week, while there has been speculation about the futures of Antoine Griezmann, Yannick Carrasco, Marcos Llorente and Renan Lodi.

Simeone said on Saturday in a news conference ahead of Atletico’s LaLiga game with Villarreal:

It would be good for managers [if the window closed earlier].

I don’t know about agents and clubs!

For us it would be good to start with the players we have and know that they’ll be with the team all year, or at least with a break in January. While [the market] stays open, all this [speculation] happens.

By Amara

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