Atletico Madrid sports chief Jesus Garcia Pitarch has defended his signings.

Some of failed to live up to expectations this season, but Pitarch insists: "Fabiano Eller and Cleber Santana are excellent signings if their form is related to their price. In the market, for two million you are not going to find a midfielder better than Cleber nor a centre-half of the experience of Eller for £600,000. And clearly it is possible to replace them, but for what price?"

On his relationship with coach Javier Aguirre, Pitarch added: "My personal relationship with him is good and the professional, excellent.

"At Valencia, my personal relationship with Rafa Benitez was not good and I never denied it. But with Javier it is good. He will finish the season and, if he qualifies for Europe, he will continue a year more."