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Atletico Madrid, Arsenal lodge enquiry for 27-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder

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According to reports from Florian Plettenberg, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal have enquired about the situation and availability of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.

The 27-year-old will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season as a free agent after the German outfit decided against renewing his contract.

The midfielder has barely played for the men in yellow and black this season owing to surgery on his shoulder that ruled him out of action for close to six months, and the Bundesliga side no longer see him as part of their plans.

Dahoud began his professional career with Borussia Monchengladbach and was promoted to the first team in 2013. After spending a few years with his home club, he made the move to Borussia Dortmund for €12 million having just a year left on his contract.

In his six-year spell at Signal Iduna park, the 27-year-old has made 138 appearances, scoring five goals and providing 16 assists in the process. However, the current season has been difficult for him given his surgical procedure.

Dahoud returned from his long period on the sidelines in Dortmund’s game against SC Freiburg in February and has only participated in three of the team’s eight games since then.

Given that he will be available on a free transfer in June, there are close to ten clubs interested in the midfielder’s signature, including Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid is undoubtedly one of the most tempting options on the German international’s table. However, Los Rojiblancos will face stiff competition from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Serie A leaders Napoli who are also maintaining an eye on his situation.

AC Milan, Roma, Leicester, Real Betis, Sevilla, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are just a few of the other clubs hoping to secure the midfielder’s services for next season. Clearly, the race for Dahoud is gearing up to be a headline battle in June.

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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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