Thomas Lemar is in full ordeal!


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This is not necessarily the career for which he was predestined following his fabulous 2016-2017 season with AS Monaco. Key to the success of Leonardo Jardim’s men in Ligue 1 and the adventure to the semi-finals of the Champions League, Thomas Lemar had clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool at his feet. After an additional season on the Rock between injuries and low morale, he made the risky bet to join Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2018 after his World Cup won with the France team. In this transaction, both parties had a lot to lose. The leaders of Colchoneros had broken their piggy bank, paying no less than 72 million euros, which at the time represented the most expensive transfer made by Atléti. For his part, the Guadeloupean, 22 years old at the time, ventured into a team whose game did not necessarily correspond to his skills on the field.

For the story to unfold smoothly, it was up to the former Caennais to adhere to the cutting-edge methods used by Diego Simeone. Used in the left lane in Monaco, Thomas Lemar was therefore used in a more axial register. Now positioned in the midfield, he was confined to more defensive tasks but quickly became familiar with his missions. However, at the time of the balance sheet of his five seasons in Madrid, the result is disappointing. Beyond the starving statistics he has (10 goals and 20 assists in 172 games), Lemar’s lack of regularity and physical glitches have had the gift of irritating Matelassiers followers. Since the end of the 2020-2021 season during which Atlético had won La Liga thanks in particular to good performances from the former Monegasque and during which he had finally lived up to the expectations placed on him, the latter has been injured 7 times muscularly.

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Unable to continue because of these problems, he never knew how to make himself indispensable in the eyes of his coach, who nevertheless always called the player special. His last two seasons then only looked like an eternal restart between injuries, returns and good performances. A loop which unfortunately looks like a vicious circle and which forces the leaders of Atlético Madrid to look into the future of the 27-year-old player according to indiscretions obtained by brand this Tuesday. As a reminder, he had however extended this summer, against a drop in salary, until 2027 in the Iberian capital. A situation which necessarily obliges the Colchoneros leaders not to want to sell off their player.

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Estimated at 25 million euros by Transfermarkt, it is approximately the amount expected by Atlético Madrid as entrusted by the Spanish media. An amount almost three times lower than that which had been paid to snatch him from Monaco but which represents a fairly well calibrated price given the player who has become Thomas Lemar in Spain. Even if it is not a question of a necessity to sell it, the people of Madrid will listen to the proposals that will be made to them. For the moment, no name has yet been associated with the one who compiled 1 goal and 3 assists in 31 games during this 2022-2023 vintage. Like his wavering role in the workforce of Colchoneros, his future will be just as much in the coming months.

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