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Atletico Madrid consider 29-year-old striker ‘untouchable’ amidst Serie A interest

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Atletico Madrid are facing a dire shortage of strikers heading into the new season. Though they are very valuable players in Diego Simeone’s dynamics, neither Joao Felix nor Antoine Griezmann offers the killer instinct of a pure number nine.

Alvaro Morata could be the solution to Los Rojiblancos’ problems, but the Spanish striker is in a crisis of his own. Morata does not enjoy the best of relationships with the manager which has seen him pushed out of the team year after year.

However, David G Medina of MARCA reports the contrary. The Spanish journalist says that Atletico Madrid consider Morata ‘untouchable’ at the moment. However, Juventus are pushing hard to sign the player and a departure is not ruled out.

Morata spent the last two years of his career on loan in Turin. In that period, he scored 20 goals and provided 16 assists for the Bianconeri in Serie A and was a regular starter under Massimiliano Allegri.

Last season, the 29-year-old made 32 appearances for the Italian side and recorded 11 goals and nine assists.

When Juventus signed Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina in January, all doors seemed to close for Morata. Yet, he found a way to adapt his game and play alongside the Serbian.

The Bianconeri are now desperate to bring him back to Italy, and one would assume that Simeone’s decision to call Morata an untouchable player is just a means of milking money from the deal.

Yet, it is completely possible that the manager really has the forward in his plans for the season. Earlier this month, Morata spoke about his future and hinted that he would stay at Wanda Metropolitano.

“I’m lucky to have already worked with Simeone and his team and that will make things easier. I can’t wait to start preparing for this season together,” he had said (h/t GOAL).

So, it remains to be seen how this transfer story develops in the coming days as Juventus continue to push to re-sign Morata.

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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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