Put in check by the possible march of Lucas Hernández to Bayern Munich on January 1, Diego Pablo Simeone has revealed that Atlético is doing the impossible because the player renewed with the club or at least dilate his departure until next June 30. "What I can say is that I spoke with him, with the club, everyone knows what I think and what I would like. To this day he is with us and there is no possibility of speaking if he continues or leaves. If I were available, I would play, but talk about assumptions I do not like. The boy is here. "
The departure of Lucas would have a strong impact on the waterline of the Atlético project in the short and long term, due to the age of the player, 22 years old, and his potential. According to sources close to Atletico, Lucas was meeting Thursday with Miguel Ángel Gil Marín in the Metropolitan Wanda to try to reach an agreement that would mean a new exercise in tightrope walking, as happened with the renovation of Griezmann, due to the tensions of treasury that right now live the club.
Simeone knows that right now the decision of the player can depend on that overexertion that the club seems willing to undertake. "Lucas knows the affection we have for him, the player he is, it is normal that Bayern apparently want to pay his clause and there is his decision and the work that the club does with him", warned the Argentine coach, who has also resorted to the strength of the fans taking advantage of the tribute that Gabi will receive this Saturday: "Gabi returns to the Metropolitan, where he left us a little bit, an important moment for the people, I hope people show Lucas their affection, also in front of Gabi, someone who he understands the club and gives the best image of Atleti we can have ".
Asked if the renovation of Griezmann has been able to generate discomfort in the locker room, El Cholo pointed out to the press: "From the information of Lucas, they have the need to look for situations to comment on and it is very understandable. As far as I'm concerned, we have a very important game between Espanyol, which comes in difficulties because it has been losing games on undeserved occasions and will demand a lot from us. " If not discomfort, the truth is that after the millionaire renovation of Griezmann have increased the demands for wage increases. Diego Costa, Saúl, Filipe, Godín and now Lucas have demanded greater emoluments. Without taking into account Oblak, who already before Griezmann, demanded a remarkable salary increase that the Athletic one still has not been able to satisfy.
On if he understood the gait of the player knowing the tremendous blow that this would El Cholo clung to a speech parallel to the club: "Talking about imaginary assumptions, things that do not happen, fill pages but if they do not … I understand your need to look for situations that generate and do it very well. It is difficult to suppose something that did not happen. I do not imagine things that have not happened, and if I do, I always imagine positive things, I am optimistic ".