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Atletico Madrid close to signing Leicester City defender for 2023



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Over the years, Diego Simeone has not only carved out a reputation for building resilient defensive lines but also for producing star defenders individually.

Several of Atletico Madrid’s renowned centre-backs were not big names until they arrived at the Civitas Metropolitano but mastered their trade during their tenure there.

The story of their latest target, Caglar Soyuncu, is similar. The Turkish International has not been in the best form with Leicester City in recent times, but that has not detracted Simeone from his pursuit.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are close to completing the signing of Soyuncu for 2023. The deal is not done or signed yet, but the negotiations are advanced and appears close to being sealed.

Both parties are working hard to close the deal, and an official announcement could be imminent. Aston Villa and AS Roma also were interested in the centre-back but are now out of the race.

Atletico Madrid were reportedly helped by a special clause on the player’s contract that favoured a move outside England in the winter transfer window.

Any English club negotiating with him for a move in January would have to shell out a fixed fee, one that clubs from other leagues can bypass.

In 14 games this season, Diego Simeone’s men have conceded 14 goals and have been far from their usual leak-proof selves. It is very concerning that they have seen only four clean sheets so far in the league, and Soyuncu’s signing could help fortify their goal further.

The Turkish International has barely played for the English side this season, making just one appearance so far in the 2022/23 Premier League. In his only game of the season, which came against Manchester City, he recorded six defensive actions.

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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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