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Simeone open to January signings following Tiago injury

SoccerNews in La Liga 30 Nov 2015

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Diego Simeone says Atletico Madrid are always open to new signings, but an injury to Tiago has increased their need to strengthen in January.

Club president Enrique Cerezo expects the Portuguese to be sidelined for at least three months after he sustained a broken leg in a 1-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

While Atletico are apparently ever-willing participants in mid-season transfer dealings, their Argentine coach admitted the blow could cause them to intensify their search for new additions to the squad.

“We are always open to any situation when the winter transfer window comes,” Simeone said.

“It will not be an exception now, more so due to the absence of a player like Tiago.”

A loss of experience in midfield is the coach’s main concern, but he is comfortable with the options available in the short term.

“Clearly, it’s hard to find another Tiago. At 34 years old there is experience that no-one has at 26 or 27,” he said.

“We will work with the guys we have in that position: Koke, Saul, [Matias] Kranevitter, Gabi.

“We will work to see who does better.”

Atletico travel to Catalonia to face Reus Deportiu in the first leg of a Copa del Rey fourth-round tie, and Simeone has insisted the visitors will not be taking the match lightly, despite going into the contest as heavy favourites.

“[Winning] the Copa was the beginning of very important things that have happened since,” he said, referring to the club’s success in the 2012-13 edition of the competition. 

“It’s not one game, it’s two, but we will play with enthusiasm, excitement and great joy.”

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