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AC Milan will look to sign Atletico Madrid winger to replace Rafael Leao – report



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Yannick Carrasco, despite all odds this season for Atletico Madrid, was one of the only constants for Diego Simeone.

The player’s impressive season has earned him interest from several clubs in Europe. Newcastle United have been closely linked with the 28-year-old in recent weeks, but a new contender has now entered the scene.

According to reports from Manu Sainz and Jesus Colino of Diario AS, AC Milan could try to sign Carrasco in the coming transfer window. However, their interest in signing him will become a priority only if Rafael Leao leaves the Italian side.

At the moment, Carrasco is happy at the Wanda Metropolitano and feels needed in the team. Moreover, he is still a starter in the manager’s books, which leaves little room for a possible departure.

The Belgian international has a €60 million release clause on his contract with Los Rojiblancos. His importance to the team’s dynamics means that the club are not willing to part ways with him unless the full amount is paid by any interested party.

While AC Milan would be the more prestigious club to join, Newcastle’s economic muscle is not to be underestimated. Carrasco’s departure may be far from materialising at the moment, but the availability of solid options on the table could spread a cloud of doubt over his future.

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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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