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Atletico Madrid compile a list of core players to build the team around – report



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Atletico Madrid are one of few clubs across Europe that are bracing themselves for a busy transfer window ahead.

The club were shockingly knocked out of European competitions in the first half of the season and are now in desperate need of a major rejig in their attempts to seek a fresh start.

This could lead to the exit of a host of star players across the team, including the likes of Thomas Lemar and Rodrigo De Paul, both of who seem destined to depart Civitas Metropolitano after the turn of the year.

However, according to AS, Atletico Madrid are not looking to offload every star player in the team and there are certain individuals who have been labelled as unattainable for other clubs.

The list includes long-time midfielder and club captain Koke, along with goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Their experience makes them invaluable to the team’s long and short-term growth. The same can be said for Antoine Griezmann, who had recently made his move to Atleti from Barcelona permanent.

Although the Frenchman was only a shadow of the player he once was, the former Real Sociedad starlet is still considered a vital asset to the club’s attacking unit.

Other players on this list include Alvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente, along with defensive players Reinildo Mandava, Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic.

Morata has proven to be quite effective with his goalscoring prowess whereas Llorente’s versatility has been handy for Simeone in the past. Reinildo, too, has proven to be a bargain after joining the club from France.

Savic, meanwhile, is seen as the leader of the central defensive unit at Atletico Madrid. Although the Montenegrin international has struggled with injuries, his aggression and experience make him an ideal leader of the Atleti defence in the years to come.

As for players like Lemar, De Paul, Mario Hermoso and Matheus Cunha, among others, the club would allow them to leave if interesting offers arrive. The same applies for Joao Felix as well, who scored for Portugal in their win over Ghana at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Thursday.

All in all, there could be major tweaks made to the squad at Atletico Madrid over the next couple of transfer windows.

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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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