Atletico Madrid’s director José Luis Pérez Caminero confirmed he had talks with David Moyes after Atletico’s 2-0 victory over FC Porto in Spain last night.
Moyes was in the Vicente Calderon watching over a number of potential transfer targets including Atletico’s highly rated midfielder Koke as well as Porto trio Mangala, Fernando and Sandro.
While Caminero admitted Moyes didn’t tell him precisely why he was there, he felt confident that he was there merely on a scouting mission ahead of a potential Champions League clash against Atletico, despite the fact United cannot draw them in the round of 16.
“I guess David Moyes wanted to come and see a Champions League team like ours,” Caminero told Canal+ after the full time whistle.
“They advanced to the next round as well. We spoke, but he didn’t tell me precisely what he was there to see.”
Koke was also quizzed about Moyes’ attendance but was very calm in his response and simply insisted he wasn’t worried by any of the speculation that is likely to increase as the transfer window opens.
He said: “I didn’t know he was here. I’m not worried, I renewed by contract this summer.”
It would be unusual if Moyes was scouting potential opposition in the middle of a very busy festive period, so he was more than likely scoping up potential targets ahead of January.
In that case, what his presence in Spain showed is that he is actively pursuing players with some research this time around as he looks to avoid making the same mistakes as the summer.