Gimenez not thinking about Atleti future but focus on W/Cup

World Cup 2018 By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 08/06/2018

Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez has put a stop to rumours linking him away from Atletico Madrid as he is focused World Cup in Russia, according to report in Goal.

Gimenez has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but the defender is placing his attention of the World Cup game opener for Uruguay against Egypt.

Real Madrid is set to meet the €60million release clause in his contract, he has been an important player for Diego Simeone’s team, he helped Atletico Madrid to clinch the Europa League title against Marseille last month

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"I don't think on that," Gimenez told reporters when asked if he thought about leaving Atletico. "I'm thinking on playing a good tournament and to prepare myself well for it, and that's all.

"I feel good. I had played a lot of minutes especially at the end of the season and that's always a plus for me, it gives me confidence. Physically I feel good, mentally I feel even better."

Uruguay will face Egypt and Gimenez hopes Salah will be fit for the match after the Liverpool forward sustained a shoulder injury against Real Madrid in the Champions League final last month.

Gimenez said: "I hope he goes there because he wants to play this World Cup. Personally, I like to play against the best players in the world and Salah is one of the best, so I hope he goes."

"This is like every other cup we had played before. Of course, we are going for the victory, but fear is a factor which plays a role there too.”