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Atletico Madrid chief Pitarch defends his signings

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."

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