Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco has said that he wishes to remain at the Spanish club despite interest from Chelsea, according to the Daily Express.
It was reported earlier in the week that the Spanish giants, runners-up to Real Madrid in last season’s UEFA Champions League, would try to improve the 23-year-old’s current contract, which is due to expire in 2020.
His £35 million release clause is likely a key factor in the attempts to tie him down, as it’s unlikely to be a fee which would deter the Blues from making an approach.
However, Belgian international Carrasco has committed his future to Atletico.
As per the Daily Express, he said: ‘I will be here until 2020 and I wish I could be here [even] longer.
He continued: ‘I am good here at Atleti.’
This news may come as a disappointment to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who was likely looking at Carrasco in a bid to bolster his attacking options at Stamford Bridge.
Carrasco has appeared nine times for Diego Simeone’s side this season and has scored one goal, which was the winner against Bayern Munich in their Champions League group stage match last month.
Add this to the goal he scored in last season’s final against neighbours Madrid, and it’s clear that he’s got a big match temperament, which could be invaluable to Chelsea.
With Chelsea desperate to bring in offensive depth, this will be very disappointing for the Chelsea faithful.
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