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Atletico Madrid are interested in Pablo Sarabia – report



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If there is one department in Atletico Madrid’s squad that needs urgent attention, it is the forward line. This is because of the age factor for certain players and a drop in form for other forwards.

Luis Suarez has officially played his last game for the Colchoneros, while Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix are both a shadow of their past self. Moreover, Angel Correa, Thomas Lemar, and Yannick Carrasco are said to be leaving the club this summer.

According to reports from Le Parisien, Diego Simeone’s side are monitoring the situation of Pablo Sarabia. The club are interested in signing the winger and have begun talks with his representatives. Sarabia’s market value stands at €25 million, but the Madrid-based side are keen to cut down that figure.

The 30-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain from Sevilla in 2019 but started only 26 league games in two and half years in Ligue 1. Subsequently, he was loaned to Sporting CP for one year.

In the Liga Portugal, he started 26 games and recorded 15 goals and six assists during his stay. More recently, he scored for the Spanish international team in successive games against Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

It remains to be seen if PSG are open to selling the star after his impressive loan stint. However, a return to Spain could tempt the player especially given that he will have limited playing time in France.

At Atletico Madrid, he could be the perfect replacement for a departing Thomas Lemar on the wing. Moreover, his versatility and ability to play on both flanks will be a major asset for Simeone’s setup.

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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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