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The Daily Rojiblanco: November 2, 2017

Unrest in the squad, good news for Thomas Partey, Costa fights a shoe.

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  • Torres planning winter exit

A report from Marca, citing Cadena SER program El Larguero, suggests that striker Fernando Torres is set to depart Atlético Madrid in the upcoming winter transfer window. The article makes vague allusions to offers from China and the United States but is short on specifics.

The motivation for the move stems from Torres’ lack of minutes so far this season and he feeling that he does not fit into Diego Simeone’s plans at this time. Keep an eye on this one, as El Niño could be the first domino to fall if/when Atlético overhaul the squad.

  • Carrasco frustrated as injury lingers.

Torres is not the only player demonstrating frustrations at this time. Reports suggest that friction has developed between the club and injured winger Yannick Carrasco.

This could be a case of frustration over a prolonged injury spell. However, an alternative theory could be that the injury is secondary to larger issues—the article suggests that the club is concerned with the player’s attitude, which is a concern dating back to last season.

  • Partey makes short list of CAF African Player of the Year

Midfielder Thomas Partey has made the list of 30 finalists for the CAF African Player of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Thomas! The winner will be announced on January 4, 2018.

  • Diego Costa continues to cover himself in glory...

Simply sensational. Imagine when he starts doing this to actual footballers.