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Sofyan Amrabat reveals admiration for Diego Simeone amid Atletico Madrid links

Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat has received wide attention following his stellar campaign in the World Cup 2022.

The Fiorentina star was at the heart of the midfield, helping the Atlas Lions reach the semi-finals – an unprecedented feat for an African nation – before losing to France.

Even the French president Emmanuel Macron reportedly told Amrabat that he was the best midfielder of the tournament at Morocco’s dressing room following the defeat to Les Bleus.

Amrabat’s impressive performances have seen his stock rise considerably, and several top European clubs have put him on their transfer wishlist.

The 26-year-old’s contract at Fiorentina expires in 2024, but he is ready to leave the Italian outfit for a top club.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been credited with an interest in Amrabat.

Of all the interested clubs, Amrabat has a liking for Atletico because of the admiration he holds for Diego Simeone.

“I like his[Simeone] style of play,” Amrabat told Marca. “He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players on his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”

La Viola are trying to keep the Moroccan midfielder until the summer, but he looks keen on an exit in January.

Los Rojiblancos are keeping an eye on the former Club Brugge star but will face competition from Premier League giants Liverpool.

The Merseysiders are said to be leading the race for Amrabat as they seek to reinforce their midfield in the winter transfer window.

Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward is a big fan of the Moroccan international, who is expected to cost more than €30 million.

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