‘We Will Not Be Robbed!’ – Atlético Madrid President Comments on Failed Cavani Transfer

Atlético Madrid could really use a goalscorer right about now.

On Saturday, Diego Simeone’s side traveled across town to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to battle their rivals Real Madrid.

Unfortunately for Los Colchoneros, they failed to score for the second consecutive match and lost the match 1-0.

Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo spoke to the media afterward, via Marca, where he complained about a penalty that wasn’t called and also about Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who was linked to the La Liga side the entire month of January.

“I find it a shame, the situations some players find themselves in with family and representatives. We will not be robbed!”

Cerezo’s comments go against much of the reporting, which indicated that PSG set the price for Cavani around €20 million and Atléti refused to go higher than €15 million.

Either way, the comments from Cerezo come across as sour grapes. He’s mad because his team is in real trouble this season and he failed to make the one signing that could help them out of their downward spiral.

After Cerezo’s comments, Cavani’s agent and half-brother responded to the allegations as reported by ESPN.

“The most important thing is what Edi did to leave,” Walter Guglielmone said. “Do you think he went one month without playing so that I could capsize the whole thing over a commission and stop his dream from coming to fruition?”

“What about all the fuss we made with PSG? If it was a question of money, Edi would have gone to England—Chelsea or Manchester. Atlético could not support the economic cost of the operation and PSG would not budge from their demands. Neither party could reach an agreement.”

Cavani made a brief appearance for Paris Saint-Germain against Montpellier HSC on Saturday night and will remain with the club until his contract expires in June.

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