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By ESPN Staff
Jul 31, 2008

Maniche set to exit Atletico after row?

Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre has refused to rule out the possibility of Portugal midfielder Maniche leaving the Vicente Calderon this summer. On Wednesday club president Enrique Cerezo denied there was any rift between the 31-year-old and Aguirre, and insisted the player could stay at the club despite the fact he has publicly announced his desire to leave. Maniche was loaned out to Internazionale for the second half of last season after falling out with Aguirre and several of his team-mates, but returned to Spain after the Serie A champions opted not to extend his stay at the San Siro. He has since apologised for his mistakes and has returned to training with the squad. However, when asked by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo if the midfielder still had a role to play at the club, Aguirre suggested the player would make way for new arrivals. 'I need one last player, a final signing, that number 10 I've spoken about, but there's no money and to make this a reality first we'll have to sell,' he said. 'At the moment Maniche is in the group. If he leaves or not will depend on what happens from here on. I can't make plans until I know what's happening.' 'I don't know what will happen. Maniche is an Atletico player today and we're happy for him to work with the team. 'But this chapter of comings and goings in the squad is not closed. There may be offers and we'll see what happens.'

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