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Tello heading to the Vicente Calderon?
Rumors out of Spain have surfaced that Atletico Madrid are interested in Cristian Tello, according to Goal.com as well as AS (Spain).
Tello had a breakout season with Barcelona and has caught the attention of Los Colchoneros. Tello made his Liga debut in the 75th minute of a 1-1 tie against Villarreal in January. Tello has shined the brightest out of the Barça youngsters this past season.
Atletico has been busy so far this transfer period, as the Europa League winners have already signed Emre Belozoglu (previously with Fenerbachçe) on a free transfer, as well as Cristian Rodriguez from FC Porto.
Tello went on TV3 (Catalunya) and said he wouldn’t mind a move to the Vicente Calderon.
"My dream is to be at Barça, at least for the final year of my contract," said Tello. “It would be a reward for me to go to Atletico. If I have to go, then I will go.”
Atletico have also been rumored to be interested in two other Barça youngsters: Sergi Roberto and Marc Muniesa.
To me, I’m not surprised that Tello may be sold. This Barcelona team has a good number of wingers and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Tello move to Atletico. It would be the best thing for his game, as he would undoubtedly become a starter. At Barcelona, Tello will still have to battle against Isaac Cuenca, Alexis Sanchez, David Villa and Pedro for playing time, not to mention some of the other youngsters from La Masia who will eventually come up.
Plus, this team can and will go after another winger by the name of Neymar next summer.
One reason Barcelona may move Tello is the fact that Ibrahim Afellay is back and can play winger. In my opinion, I’d rather keep Afellay over Tello. Yes, Tello was very impressive and it looks like he will have a bright future. But he needs to get more playing time and that may not happen at Barcelona.
I like Tello and I hope he stays, but if Atletico wants him, I think it wouldn’t be a bad thing to sell him for the right price.