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The Pucelano chief believes that his highly rated young 'keeper had decided long ago where he would play next season.

Real Valladolid are still busy negotiating a deal to sell Sergio Asenjo to Atletico Madrid, a club that the young shot-stopper believes is the best destination to further his career.

Valladolid president Carlos Suarez has hinted that the 19-year-old had already made up his mind long ago that he wanted to play for Atleti, despite numerous offers and links from other teams including Barcelona.

The chief also revealed that his club will do whatever they can to facilitate the player's move to the Vicente Calderon.

“Asenjo always knew where he wanted to go. But as of today, he is still a Real Valladolid player. There is no change in that but when there is, we will know,” he was quoted as saying by AS.

“They [Atletico] have made an offer to us to compensate for the difference between his market value and his buy-out clause and that is where we will proceed.

“The important thing is that we are continually maintaining talks with Atleti and we will work with them so that we can move this issue forward.

“What is certain is that the player does not want to leave the club on a bad note. He wants to go out in a positive way, just like his Valladolid career has been.”

There have been reports that both clubs have already agreed on a €5.5 million transfer fee but have reached an impasse as to which Atletico players will be included in the part player-exchange deal.

KS Leong, Goal.com

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