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Capel spies Atletico Madrid switch

June 26, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel has talked up a summer move to Atletico Madrid.

Sporting midfielder Diego Capel celebrates his brilliant winner against Athletic
GettyImagesCapel signed for Sporting from Sevilla

Capel won two UEFA Cups and also lifted the Copa del Rey twice at Sevilla before joining Sporting two years ago.

He has since scored 12 goals in 85 games at Sporting, but the club have slipped far behind Liga Sagres rivals Porto and Benfica and finished a disappointing seventh last term, missing out even on Europa League qualification.

The attacker, 25, told AS that he was proud to see his name mentioned in relation to Diego Simeone’s Atletico side, who are set for the Champions League next term.

“It makes me proud to be linked with clubs as big as Atletico,” Capel said. “You always want to keep growing and improving and that is a really big club.”

Almeria-born Capel said that although he had enjoyed his time in Portugal so far, he could not predict what his future might hold.

“I do not know what will happen in the future,” he said. “But any player would like to play there. This is a nice stage in my career here in Portugal, but you never know in football.”

Capel started Vicente Del Bosque’s first competitive game as Spain coach, a World Cup 2010 qualifier against Bosnia in September 2008, but has long since faded from the international scene.