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The Daily Rojiblanco: September 21, 2017

Three Atlético players nominated for FIFPro World XI and more transfer speculation.

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  • 3 players nominated for FIFPro world XI

The votes are in and three Atlético Madrid players have been nominated for the FIFPro world XI squad. Votes are cast by professional football players and each player is asked to pick 11 players in a 4-3-3 setup.

Goalkeeper Jan Oblak, defender Diego Godín and striker Antoine Griezmann each garnered enough votes to make the short list of 55 players. The final XI will be announced at the FIFA Football Awards on Oct. 23.

  • Oblak remains wishy washy on future

Speaking of Oblak, the keeper remains noncommittal about his future with Atlético.

“The only thing I can say is that I have a contract with Atlético Madrid,” he said when asked about his future during post-match press conferences yesterday. Oblak has been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain and, more recently, Juventus.

However, Oblak’s professionalism should not be doubted after also downplaying his role in the win over Athletic Bilbao, where he made a huge penalty save after a dubious call on Filipe Luís on the edge of the area. Oblak instead praised his teammates and the overall performance.

I for one hope that Oblak sticks around for the long hall.

  • Giménez “dreaming of...Premier League”

Atlético defender José Giménez has not been shy about his wish to play in the England top flight according to a report from TalkSport, citing French paper L’Equipe. The report claims that the player “dreams of playing in the Premier League next season.” Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have each been mooted as possible destinations.

It is important to note that talks of an extension with Atlético have also taken place, per the report; Giménez’s contract runs out next summer. But the longer we go without hearing about substantive renewal talks, the easier it is to imagine the 22-year-old playing elsewhere next season.