Atletico Madrid to give Garcia second chance - report

Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone has been impressed with the former Spain Under-21 international in pre-season and believes he is ready to make his mark at the Vicente Calderon
Diego Simeone is ready to welcome midfielder Raul Garcia back into the fold at Atletico Madrid next season, as he looks to address his side's over-reliance on striker Radamel Falcao.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a fine season on loan at Osasuna last term, scoring 11 goals in 33 appearances, and he has now caught the eye of Argentine coach in pre-season, according to AS.

Garcia scored the winner in Osasuna's 3-2 win over Barcelona in February and his attacking tendencies have impressed his coach, who only saw Falcao - with 24 goals - reach double figures for the Europa League winners last season.

As a result, Simeone is now planning on playing Garcia as a deep-lying forward behind Falcao, particularly away from home if reports on the Iberian peninsula are to be believed.

Garcia's re-emergence at the Vicente Calderon next season is likely to mean others are heading for the exit, however.

Los Rojiblancos have already sold centre-back Alvaro Dominguez to German side Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee in the region of €8million.

However, it is believed that Simeone needs to bring in further revenue to balance the books and it is rumoured that Garcia's form could force the coach to cash in on 22-year-old Argentine winger Eduardo Salvio.

Garcia will hope to add to his burgeoning reputation when Simeone's side take on Peruvian outfit llianza Lima Peru in a pre-season friendly this Saturday.