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22-year-old Atletico Madrid loanee on the radars of Real Betis

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According to a report from Manolo Nieto of GOAL, Atletico Madrid youngster Manu Sanchez has become a subject of interest for Real Betis.

The Spanish club are among the host of clubs monitoring the progress of the Atletico Madrid starlet, who is currently on loan at CA Osasuna.

A native of Madrid, Sanchez had begun his youth career in the Atletico Madrid academy. But in order to gain experience in first-team football, the youngster joined Osasuna on loan in early 2021.

He has been at Osasuna for two years now, during which he has racked up 65 competitive matches. The defender has notably registered ten assists and even has a goal to his name. His performances at the back have been critical in helping Osasuna remain afloat in the top flight.

Sanchez’s performances have not gotten unnoticed, with Real Betis among the clubs seeking a move for the youngster. The report suggests Betis are scouting Sanchez as a potential replacement for Alex Moreno, who has been linked with a move away from Benito Villamarin.

Manu Sanchez’s future, though, is entirely in the hands of Atletico Madrid. The club from the capital have tied down the youngster until 2027, effectively giving them leverage to hold out for a fortune.

However, a more plausible scenario could see Atleti keeping hold of the 22-year-old, keeping in mind their shortcomings in the left-back unit.

Although Reinildo has proven to be an excellent signing for Diego Simeone’s men, the Argentina tactician has largely used him as a left-sided centre-back. With Sergio Reguilon’s loan stint not going all too well, Sanchez could have a place at the Civitas Metropolitano.

A definitive decision on the youngster’s future, though, could only be made at the end of the season. Not to mention, it will be equally important for the player to continue the same level of performance he has shown at Osasuna.

Along with Sanchez, Real Betis are also looking at Rayo Vallecano’s Fran Garcia, who is on the radars of Atletico’s neighbours Real Madrid.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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