Atletico Madrid's Thomas Lemar
Atletico Madrid's Thomas Lemar has failed to find the net during the 2019-20 La Liga season. Photo by Rodrigo Jimenez.

Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar “has not met expectations” as far as manager Diego Simeone is concerned, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur said to be among those interested if he leaves his current club.

Simeone expressed disappointment with Lemar in a press conference ahead of Atletico’s league clash against Levante on Saturday, for which the Frenchman was omitted from his squad:

“The facts speak for themselves, better than words. It is certain that he has not been able to show all his qualities… Each time that he has been available, I have tried to play him. I have always been enthusiastic about his qualities as a player. He has not met the expectations set for him, but we have always had the same expectations. Today, who is to know if he will stay or not… His representatives are working hard. The clubs, they, operate on what they need.”

Football.London cited numerous reports naming Arsenal and Tottenham among the teams interested in offering the France international a route to England from La Liga.

Lemar, 24, joined Los Rojiblancos from Monaco in June 2018 for a €60 million ($67 million) fee, scoring three goals and contributing six assists during his first season in Spain. He’s started in 10 of his 21 total appearances this season but is yet to record a direct involvement in front of goal.

The wide man was linked with Arsenal as part of a €100 million deal in the summer of 2017, though he ended up remaining at Monaco and moved to Madrid one year later.

Simeone could be open to a winter separation after appearing to lose his patience with Lemar, the club’s second-most expensive signing after $130 million Joao Felix.