Simeone unconcerned by Reguilon’s Real Madrid past as Atletico target Lodi replacement

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Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone will not be put off signing Sergio Reguilon as a replacement for Renan Lodi, despite the defender’s affiliation with Real Madrid.

Spain international Regulon is out of favor at Tottenham under Antonio Conte and is pushing for a move away before next Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Atletico are reportedly keen to bring in the 25-year-old on an initial loan with a view to making the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Reguilon spent 15 years of his career on the books of fierce rivals Atlético Real, coming through the youth system and making 22 first-team appearances.

But as Atletico look to sign a full-back to replace Lodi from Nottingham Forest, Simeone has pointed out that his side have had success in the past recruiting former Los Blancos players.

“The club is working to sign a replacement for Lodi – we’ll see what happens in the next four days of entertainment,” Simeone told a news conference ahead of Monday’s trip to Valencia.

“Juanfran used to play for Real Madrid, as did Filipe Luis – both are now part of the club’s history.

“Even today, Alvaro [Morata] is doing well; Mario [Hermoso] gave a lot to the team that won the title two seasons ago.

“[Marcos] Llorente was off the charts when we won the title. I look at them all as footballers.”

Reguilon, who spent the 2019-20 season on loan with Sevilla, made 67 appearances in his first two seasons with Spurs but is yet to feature this campaign.

It was the same story for Lodi, who has yet to play a single minute in the 2022-23 season and is eager to move on and watch Brazil’s 2022 World Cup squad. “Renan wants to play continuously. Because of his situation, it’s not happening,” Simeone said. “He is looking for a club where he believes he can achieve that.

“There are people who like to compete and others who prefer to change teams to get minutes that will theoretically put them in a better position at the World Cup.”

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