We watched the Chelsea – Atletico Madrid game last night on TV, and we were very impressed with the Madrid side, who seemed to win rather too easily by a score of 3-1 against the Blues, and now it will be the top two Madrid sides fighting it out as to who wins the Champions League in Lisbon on Saturday, 24th May.
Tim Krul – wanted by Atletico Madrid
Atletico were in the final back in 1974 when they lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich in their first of three successive wins, and this is the first time that two clubs from the same City have made the finals, since there has never been a final between the two Milan clubs.
And the reason we are talking about Atletico, is there is news in talkSport that Madrid manager Diego Simeone (of Davide Beckham red card fame in the 1998 World Cup quarter-final tie against Argentina), is interested in taking Tim Krul to Madrid.
That’s if their top young on-loan goalkeeper from Chelsea – 21 year-old Thibaut Courtois – finally returns to play for the London side next season, after playing for three seasons on loan in Madrid, where hes been outstanding.
And it turns out that Atletico’s Sporting Director Jose Luis Caminero watched the Dutchman at the Emirates during our 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on Monday night, and Tim was our Man of the Match in that game.
Tim will probably not make the Dutch squad for the World Cup in Brazil in June, and it seems he is having second thoughts about staying any longer at Newcastle, and may welcome a move this summer.
The transfer fee on his head is said to be £10M, but if he’s moving on because of Alan Pardew, or because of the managers inability to keep us challenging for a top six position, then owner Mike Ashley should gauge the collateral damage the manager may be causing.
The last thing we want is for the (few) good players we have to want to get away from the club this summer – and we are already a little worried about Mathieu Debuchy possibly leaving for PSG to join his best friend Yohan Cabaye there.
But that’s exactly what seems to be happening with Tim Krul, who seems to be frustrated at Newcastle’s lack of success over these last couple of seasons, since we finished 5th two years ago.
And if Atletico do win the Champions League later this month by beating Real Madrid, do you really think Tim would not jump at the chance to join the Madrid club.
He would be more than keen to join them, because at the moment they are one of the top clubs in Europe, and played some excellent football last night to rather easily dispose of Chelsea.
It would be bad news if Newcastle lose Tim Krul this summer.
What do you think?