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Uruguayan Diego Godin led Atletico Madrid to a 1-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the first friendly of the Spanish football club's Australian tour.

Atletico, just a day and a half after landing in Melbourne, showed good form, making only three changes during the game as their team kept its identity, defensive reliability and enjoyed the maximum return on their chances against a Tottenham side which had chances aplenty but stumbled into a very much in-form goalkeeper in Slovenian Jan Oblak.

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Atletico Madrid are believed to have completed the signing of goalkeeper Axel Werner from Argentine football side Atletico Rafaela.

The Argentine club announced on its social media pages that Werner has moved to Atletico Madrid and wished him success with his new club.

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Atletico Madrid football club has agreed to loan Argentinian striker Luciano Vietto to Sevilla, Spanish media reported on Tuesday.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported that a one-year deal has been concluded for 3 million euros ($3.3 million), while Sevilla has an option to make the move permanent for nearly 20 million euros ($22 million).

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Spain and Atletico Madrid star striker Fernando Torres believes that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is doing a "great job", adding that he is convinced that the club will win the English Premier League title soon. Spurs finished 11 points off the top last season despite being Leicester City's closest title rivals for the majority of the campaign.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool striker, who will face Tottenham in the International Champions Cup on July 29 in Australia, said Spurs will only continue to improve under Pochettino's guidance.

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Capital football club Atletico Madrid is currently negotiating with Sevilla to sign French forward Kevin Gameiro for 30 million euros ($33 million), in addition to an extra five million euros ($5.4 million) as variables, as well as transferring Argentine Luciano Vietto to Sevilla on loan, according to news reports on Monday.

Radio Sevilla noted that the club wants to sign Vietto as part of Gameiro's deal, with an option of a permanent purchase.

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that he has rejected an offer of 60 million euros ($66 million) to sell Argentine striker and Arsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain to Atletico Madrid, in exchange for two or three other players from the Rojiblancos.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Laurentiis dismissed recent speculation about the future of the Argentine striker, and stressed the only way for him to leave is to meet his exit clause, which is worth 97 million euros ($106 million).

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The all-star International Champions Cup (ICC) featuring three of Europe's biggest football clubs begins in Melbourne this weekend, however local football fans have failed to buy into the hype. Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are set to feature in the ICC at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) over the next fortnight, in what is billed as a showcasing "Europe's best" to Australian football fans.

However Juventus' decision to leave 13 of their best players at home has underlined the true nature of the tournament - a glorified series of friendly fixtures - and Australians have been reluctant to purchase tickets which are selling for up to $160.

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