The Osasuna-Atlético that Manu should have played at home

Manu SanchezIf he is called up, he will live the game on a special Saturday at El Sadar. Because the youth squad Atlético de Madrid He will go to the rojillo fiefdom as a visitor, when this meeting should have faced him as a local. He was close, very close, but the mattress club did not finish giving the green light to his assignment to Osasuna and ended up staying in the first team to compete with I gave it on the left side.

Atlético and Osasuna had approved the loan for the young player for one season. Sweep yourself He did not have left backs and the Madrid player was the first option. Manu Sánchez had given the “OK” to go to Pamplona, ​​a destination that he considered ideal for acquiring minutes and experience in the First Division. But he was awaiting the approval of Atlético, which on the way, extended his contract until 2025 in view of a possible exit.

It was the idea that they also had at the Metropolitano, where they asked the youth squad to hold out for a few weeks. First, you had to see what happened with Caio Henrique, which Atlético had recovered. But not to stay under Simeone's orders, but to do business. He was transferred to Monaco.

Afterwards, the mattress workers took notice of Mathías Olivera, from Getafe. A footballer for whom they had already negotiated a year before. This time it must be the final one. With the Uruguayan committed to the cause and predisposition of the Azulona entity to sell to balance accounts, Atlético directed the operation but, at the moment of truth, drastically reduced the amount offered to Getafe, which was asking for 10 million and the transfer of Sweetbread (Dario Poveda I was already in the Coliseum). The rojiblancos remained in four, who were also contemplating the operation of yielding Manu to the “neighbor” to the south.


As that negotiation did not come to fruition, the full-back stayed in the first team, where he has now taken a back seat. He started at Balaídos, giving Luis Suarez the assistance in the 0-1 as soon as the match began. He offered some doubt in defense, and Cholo replaced him in the second half.

Since then he has not had minutes. He did not even enter the calls for Munich and for the clash against Betis at home. With losses in defense, other homegrown players did, but not him, from the first team. Manu He was called up again by Simeone for the match against Salzburg, but did not participate. In fact, it was Hermoso who came in for Lodi in the second half. And it is that the one that was central to Espanyol now counts more for Cholo, both in the center of the rear, and in the left-handed lane.