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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona keeping tabs on Europa League-winning attacking midfielder

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According to Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sports, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are keeping tabs on Eintracht Frankfurt attacking midfielder Daichi Kamada, who will be available for a free transfer in the summer.

Kamada’s contract with the German outfit stands to expire at the end of the season and he has shown no indication of wanting to renew with the club.

It was previously reported that the 26-year-old Japanese international could be set to join Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund. However, that does not seem to be the case any longer, with Kamada now prioritising a transfer to Spain instead.

And, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have reportedly shown an interest in the Japanese attacking midfielder, who won the UEFA Europa League with Eintracht Frankfurt last season.

Los Rojiblancos could be in need of a new midfielder next summer as Saul Niguez is likely to be shown the doors while question marks remain over the future of Thomas Lemar as well. Given Geoffrey Kondogbia’s reduced prominence in the team, he too could be a candidate for a summer exit.

In such a scenario, Diego Simeone & co. could need to rope in a new midfielder. There have been links to Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos quite a bit of late, but the Spaniard is understood to have rejected the approach from Atletico.

Kamada could be seen as an interesting alternative as he too will be available for free and is enjoying a fine season at Frankfurt, plundering 13 goals and five assists from midfield.

But, Barcelona could pose a hurdle in Atletico Madrid’s pursuit of the 26-year-old as they are also said to be monitoring the attacking midfielder’s situation in Germany.

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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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