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Berta hopeful Atletico can hold on to stars
Jan 17, 2014 1:25 PM EST
Atletico Madrid technical director Andrea Berta is confident the club can hold to its best players for another season.
Diego Simeone's side have defied expectations and sit second in La Liga - level on points with leaders Barcelona - following a fine first half of the season.
Atletico have prospered despite selling star striker Radamel Falcao - who scored 70 goals in 91 appearances during his time at Estadio Vicente Calderon - to Ligue 1 side Monaco in the previous transfer window.
Berta concedes Atletico are always likely to be a selling club, but does not believe that key players - including top scorer Diego Costa - will leave the capital club in the near future.
"Atletico is a club which, due to its nature, has to sell every year," Berta told Tele Radio Stereo.
"We believe that we can keep our players for at least another year.