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Atletico Madrid deny Santi Cazorla, Javier Hernandez and Fernando Torres will join this summer

The Premier League trio have all been linked with the Spanish champions
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Santi Cazorla, Javier Hernandez and Fernando Torres are not on "the agenda" of Atletico Madrid, the club's president has revealed.

The Spanish league champions have been linked with a host of players as they look to compete with their big-spending rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid and mount a serious defence of their league title.

A trio of big names from the Premier League have been linked with the Vicente Calderon this summer but none of them feature in the Spanish club's thinking according to their president Enrique Cerezo.

"Many names have been mentioned, but none of those players, neither Cazorla, Callejon, Torres nor Chicharito (Hernandez) are on our agenda,' Cerezo told Radio Marca.

"If we sign another player, it won't be any of them."


The chances of Torres returning to his former club were dismissed yesterday when Jose Mourinho revealed the Spain international would not be sold. Having already allowed Romelu Lukaku to depart for Everton, the £50m signing remains a part of Mourinho's plans for the upcoming season.

Fernando Torres missed another sitter for Chelsea


The denial that Hernandez will not be joining Atletico may come as more of a surprise. Manager Diego Simeone was talking up the Manchester United striker just this week, saying "he is a vertical player, great in one on one situations, he's a great option for any team." The 2010 signing was given just 12 minutes of game time in United's latest pre-season game and when asked after the match to assess the Mexican and whether he would be sold, Van Gaal replied flatly: "I can't answer as he is a United player at the moment."

The future of Cazorla is also uncertain. A fan favourite at the Emirates, the arrival of Alexis Sanchez has cast doubt over his role. It's claimed the Spanish midfielder is unsettled in north London and concerned about the amount of game time he will get during the upcoming season. That Arsenal are now being linked with Porto midfielder Juan Quintero will only increase the uncertainty.

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla


Despite losing a number of star players, including Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, from the squad that came within moments of Champions League glory, the perception is that Atletico have reinvested well with Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann coming in.