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22-year-old French midfielder chooses Atletico Madrid as his next club



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The biggest change at Atletico Madrid this season is their relative instability in midfield. Los Rojiblancos have been known for their resilient and leak-proof midfield for years now. Yet, they have conceded 36 goals in just 29 games this season.

Koke is the heart and soul of Diego Simeone’s system. However, the veteran is now 30 years of age and cannot churn out elite performances with the same consistency. Needless to say, bringing in a young reinforcement for the defensive midfield is the need of the hour.

One player who claims to have the right profile to succeed at the pivot position is Boubacar Kamara. According to reports from le10sport, the Marseille player has chosen Atletico Madrid as his next club.

Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, and Barcelona were just some of the many European giants lining up to sign the youngster. However, Kamara sees Diego Simeone as the perfect manager to take his game to the next level.

In 25 league appearances so far, the youngster has scored one goal and is yet to provide an assist. However, it is his solidity in defence that draws the eye.

Kamara averages 1.2 interceptions, five duels won, a clearance and two tackles per game. Moreover, his decision making and passing range are immaculate.

The soon to be free agent was one of Barcelona’s primary transfer targets for next season. However, the inevitable arrival of Kessie means that the midfield is no longer the priority. The Catalans are not expected to push for Kamara’s signature and will look to strengthen the defence instead.

The 22-year-old will arrive on a free transfer after his current contract runs down on June 30th. Atletico Madrid cannot offer the same wages as some of the other parties interested. Now it remains to be seen if he prioritizes the manger or the money on offer elsewhere.

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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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