A new report suggests that Manuel Pellegrini is doing just fine at Atléti.
The Catalan club’s sporting director, Fernando Collina, revealed that the Spaniard has managed to maintain his form in the Spanish capital despite being relegated to the fourth tier last season.
“In terms of my personal experience, the manager has a fantastic performance in La Liga this season,” Collina told Cadena Ser.
“I think it was a difficult season for the club and for the players.
I don’t think the fans will understand what I’m saying, but this is a footballing institution that has been around for a long time, and I think that this is the right place to build and grow.”
In addition to the transfer saga that has left Pellegrs side struggling for form, the Catalan giants have also suffered in the transfer market.
In the summer, the club parted company with midfielder Marlos Moreno and brought in Colombian striker Diego Costa, who has struggled for game time and form.
The Argentinian international was initially a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the Catalans have since been forced to make a change, signing former Barcelona striker Sergio Ramos on loan.
It was the former Manchester United star who helped the Catalan club escape relegation last season and the Spaniards are expected to look to recapture the form that saw them back into the Champions League last term.
“This season is going to be a very difficult one for the manager because we are a team with a lot of experience in LaLiga and in Europe, and we have to get results,” Collin said.
“We have to take our confidence into our own hands.”
We have the same mentality as before, but we are now going to get our performances back to a normal level.
“Atlético have also been linked with the signing of Real Madrid’s James Rodríguez, although Collina dismissed that speculation.”
James is not an option for us,” he said.”
He’s not an important player for us and he’s not part of the squad, and he won’t be.