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Aug 24, 2011

Atletico drop Forlan over Inter interest

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that striker Diego Forlan has not travelled with the squad to Portugal for their Europa League second-leg against Vitoria Guimaraes because Gregorio Manzano fears his "lack of commitment to the team".

Forlan, 32, has been the subject of reported interest from Inter, though he claimed on Monday that there was "no offer" on the table from the Nerazzurri.

However, he did talk up the credentials of Inter when further pressed on their interest, saying: "No one will doubt that Inter are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and the world, but I have a two-year contract and I cannot think of anything else."

And it appears the prospect of a move still exists after Forlan asked not to be included in Atletico's squad ahead of the Rojiblancos' trip to Portugal, a request that Manzano granted.

"Forlan asked Manzano this morning not to travel to Guimaraes because he is considering joining another team," Atletico said on their official Twitter account. "Manzano authorised him to stay in Madrid because Atletico have a lot at stake and need players who are 100%."

Forlan has been at the Vicente Calderon for four years, since moving from Villarreal in 2007, and won the World Cup Golden Shoe last year for his excellent displays for Uruguay in South Africa.

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