The transfer deadline day brings along a lot of excitement, drama and frenzy with it, which is what makes it a fascinating occasion for fans.
Atletico Madrid had a quiet deadline day, however, barring the links to Cristiano Ronaldo which never looked like materialising into anything. The Rojiblancos did try to make an attempt to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa but it did not come to fruition.
At the same time, Aston Villa are also said to have made a move to try and sign an Atletico Madrid player on the transfer deadline day.
Indeed, as reported by MARCA, the Premier League giants tried to capture the services of Atletico Madrid midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia in the final hours of the transfer window but ran out of time to complete the move.
The Villans had been following Kondogbia for a while now and gave the green light for an intermediary to approach Atleti late in the window to try and thrash out a deal as they were desperate to bring in a player of his profile.
Aston Villa were encouraged by the fact that Kondogbia had not started the first two games of the season and hoped that they can lure him to England. While the Midlands club made an attempt to strike a lightning-quick deal, there was not enough time for them to push a transfer through.
Since joining Atletico from Valencia in 2020, Kondogbia has had a stop-start stint at the Civitas Metropolitano. There have been spells when he has been a permanent fixture in the side while there have also been periods when he is not considered due to form or fitness problems.
To date, he has played 68 times for Diego Simeone’s side. Having not played in the first two matches of the season, the former Inter Milan midfielder started in the third game against Valencia.
But he was back on the bench for the next clash against Real Sociedad and only came on in the second half.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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