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Atletico Madrid defender could leave the club in the summer due to lack of minutes



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Very few players arrive at Atletico Madrid and make a strong case to be a regular starter, and Renan Lodi has faced the same problem. The Brazilian has been in and out of the team various times and seems like a fish out of water way too often.

However, the player is unhappy over the lack of minutes he endured at the beginning of the season. According to reports from Jorge Garcia, Lodi will only renew his contract with Los Rojiblancos if he gets consistent minutes until the end of the season.

However, if he doesn’t play and returns to a similar situation as he experienced at the beginning of the season, he will look for a way out in June.

Though Lodi’s season seemed to be going downhill defensively, a tactical change from the manager seems to have brought him back to life in the past two games. Simeone has opted to deploy the January signing Reinildo as the left centre-back, with Lodi given more freedom as a left-wingback.

The tactical change has worked wonders for the Brazilian’s output. In the last two games, he has recorded two goals and an assist.

However, the arrival of Reinildo has put doubts in Lodi’s mind. The 28-year-old is seen as a competitor and is part of the reason Lodi considers leaving the club.

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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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