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Tottenham and Chelsea eye Martinez but agent says he's happy in Madrid

The Colombian has gotten off to a rough start in La Liga and could be bound for London sooner rather than later

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Jackson Martinez' agent says the reported interest from Chelsea Football Club is, in fact, true but says Martinez is happy at the Vicente Calderon and is keen to make a better impression on the fans and the football club. Martinez scored just twice in 11 league games before sustaining an ankle injury on duty with Colombia that has kept him our for several weeks. The striker is ready for action as Atletico return from their brief winter break to play Rayo Vallecano on December 30th, however, despite the speculation.

According to the Daily Mirror, Martinez is being watched closely by Chelsea's London neighbours, Tottenham Hotspurs, also and that they have been alerted to the availability of the striker. Mauricio Pochettino has said he would like to bring a striker in to give Harry Kane a breather every now and again but Jackson Martinez, presumably, has bigger ambitions than to sit on the bench waiting for Harry Kane to get tired.

Martinez' agent was speaking to the Spanish media and when asked about the Chelsea links, Henrique Pompeo told AS, "I can't say it's a lie. This is football and nobody knows what the future holds."

He continued, "Jackson wants to be a success at Atletico, and he will be, but it's the club that decides his future."

And on Martinez' decision to move to Madrid, Pompeo said, "He made a decision and he's very happy in Madrid, he loves the club, although obviously he would have preferred to have got off to a different start on a personal level, but he's happy for the squad because things are going well. Jackson is very grateful to Atlético, to Gil Marín and Cerezo, because they made a big economic effort to sign him and with calm and continuity Jackson will pay them back on the pitch. He's had to adapt to a new mentality playing style, and a thousand other things, and then he was injured," Pompeo said.

Club president, Enrique Cerezo says anything can happen in football as Diego Costa's future remains unstable at Stamford Bridge and a return has long been touted as a possibility. Atletico do need goals from somewhere in a hurry and bringing back Costa might be the best option available to Simeone as he is tried and trusted at the Calderon.