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Jackson Martinez denies talk of an Atletico exit

The big Colombian has endured a rocky start to his time at the Calderón but has no plans to leave

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An Atletico Madrid fan blog denying discontent in the camp. This might not send the football world into a state of shock but it's true. There is no reason to think Jackson Martinez is looking for a way out. He has said so himself and it would be absurd to think so.

Martinez returned from international duty with an ankle injury and was speaking to Radio Marca and 'la Sexta' in Spain. He hopes to be back soon, however, without specifying a date as to when he will don the Atletico jersey again.

He put any possibility of an exit to bed despite not starting as he might have liked since his move from FC Porto last summer. He was the most expensive of Atletico's summer transfers at €35 million, ahead of Yannick Ferreira Carrasco at €20 million, Luciano Vietto at €16 million and Stefan Savic at €15 million.

"For me it is very positive and I am 100% committed. Entering the stadium and seeing people show me support, my teammates, the coaching staff. That makes me do my best," he said, "I will fight to the end. In my head there is no possibility of an exit next season, as has been said. The only thing in my head is fighting hard for Atletico. I will stay as long as the club want me. We know that this is linked to the results, of course."

He has played 15 matches in total since joining the club and has only scored three goals, two coming in the league and one in the Champions League. Atletico Madrid sit just four points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Real Madrid host Barcelona this Saturday and Atletico could use their game against Real Betis to position themselves within two points of the two teams they are currently chasing from their position in third.

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