Diego Simone greets worker Thomas Lemar

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Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Simeone has praised star forward Thomas Lemar for his mental resilience to keep working hard and improving.

Lemar, 25, joined Atlético de Madrid in 2018 from Ligue 1’s Monaco in a transfer that cost Simeone’s team a whopping £ 64.8 million, according to Transfer market.

Despite the Frenchman’s enormous price tag, his first two years in Spain have seen the 2018 World Cup winner come under fire for some lackluster performances.

After playing a total of 85 games in all competitions, the 25-year-old Atleitco Madrid player has only managed to get directly involved in just 11 goals.

Yet seemingly sticking with his nearly 65 million pound man, Simeone seems determined to get the best of Lemar after allowing him to play in 13 matches so far this season.

Currently at the top of the La Liga table, Simeone will be exceptionally excited to see his team six points better than Real Madrid and with a game in hand.

In addition to the battle in Madrid, Atlético currently has 12 points more than Barcelona, ​​26 times La Liga champions.

Speaking after his team’s 2-0 win over Valladolid on Saturday during a match in which Lemar entered the scoreboard alongside his teammate Marcos Llorente, Simeone was quick to praise his French attacker.

“It makes me very happy,” Simeone admitted, quoted by AS. “He has been working for a long time to show what a footballer he is and what he has inside.

“He did not have the regularity to have continuity in the team.

“Hopefully this goal will generate security and poise in the team to reach the club goal.

“There are many games and the better the group in general, the better we can compete.”

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