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Atletico Madrid are focusing their attention on signing Stuttgart central midfielder William Kvist.

Copenhagen captain William Kvist  (L) felt Chelsea could probably have moved up a gear
Atletico Madrid are are hoping to sign Stuttgart midfielder William Kvist.

After already missing out on various midfielders this summer, including Diego and Jeremy Toulalan, the Spanish club have made the Denmark international their top priority.

It’s understood the 28-year-old, who made 30 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit last season without a goal, would cost between €4 and 6 million.

Kvist played 45 minutes for Stuttgart in a preseason friendly against Valencia on Saturday and following the match Kvist was guarded when asked about interest from the rojiblancos.

“If I knew about any interest from Atletico I wouldn’t say anything to anyone,” the midfielder told Spanish daily Marca. However he couldn’t hide a hint of excitement about the prospect of a move to La Liga.

“I shouldn’t say this but Atletico Madrid is a great team and playing in the Spanish League is a fantastic opportunity for any player.”

The midfielder also admitted that he had been left frustrated by a lack of playing time last season.

“I have two years left on my contract but it’s no secret that with my injures and the changes to the system here, I didn’t play as much as I’d have liked last season,” he said.

"It’s true that I’ve said I’m uncertain about my future in this team – that’s not a secret.”

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