Atletico confident that Real Madrid won’t be getting their hands on 21-year-old defender

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According to Marca, Atletico Madrid are not worried about rivals Real Madrid‘s interest in talented defender Jose Maria Gimenez.

The Spanish paper notes that Los Merengues are interested in the defender, but that Atleti are unconcerned and have no plans of letting him leave the club, even if he does have a €65 million fee release clause.

Gimenez moved to Atleti from Uruguayan giants Danubio in 2013, having originally begun his career with Toledo Junior.

The defender made his Uruguay debut in September 2013, only five months after moving to Atletico.

He has been a key figure for Diego Simeone’s side this season, starting 24 matches in the heart of defence alongside compatriot Diego Godin.

Indeed, so effective have the pair been together, that Atletico have an outstanding defensive record, having conceded just 14 goals in their 30 league games to date.

While they remain alive in the Champions League—and face Barcelona in the quarter-finals—they have dropped nine points behind the Catalan giants in the title race after being defeated by Sporting Gijon before the international break.

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