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Atletico stand firm on stars

Sporting director insists both men could stay

Aguero: Could be on his way this summer despite the wishes of Atletico

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Atletico Madrid sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero hopes to retain the services of Sergio Aguero and David De Gea next season.

The newly-installed Caminero is looking to tie down the big-name players despite both men looking increasingly likely to leave the Primera Liga side this summer.

Goalkeeper De Gea has been publicly lined up by Manchester United as a replacement for the retired Edwin van der Sar next season.

Meanwhile Argentina striker Aguero, the subject of perennial speculation over his future, last week issued a statement expressing his desire to leave the club.

Caminero told AS: "Aguero is still an Atletico player and my intention is to keep him here.

"I want to talk with him, see what he thinks and make a decision from that point, but today he is an Atletico player and a player everybody wants."

On De Gea, he added: "He remains an Atletico player."