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Atletico Madrid defender facing uncertain future at the club amid Wolves links

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Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy January transfer window ahead as they look to offload multiple players in order to generate some of the revenue they have lost due to the club’s early elimination from the UEFA Champions League and even the UEFA Europa League.

One of the players tipped to depart the club in January is Felipe. The central defender is currently at the twilight of his career and many believe he is the likely to leave the club next month, as Diego Simeone has other ideas when it comes to central defensive personnel.

A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered an update on the future of Felipe, referring to the interest of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Premier League outfit have been drawn in a relegation battle this season and need every reinforcement they can get in the upcoming January transfer window.

However, it appears Wolves are second-guessing, as far as their pursuit of Felipe is concerned. At the age of just 33, the club believe that the addition of the aged defensive leader might not be paramount, especially given the fact that it is the attack that has been the problem.

With that in mind, Wolves are leaning toward the transfer of another Atletico Madrid star in the form of Matheus Cunha. As for Felipe, neither Wolves are on board with the idea of signing a defensive veteran, nor the player himself finds it necessary to leave Atleti in January.

The Brazilian is aware of the fact that his contract expires at the end of the season when he will become a free agent and will be in a position to attract lucrative offers from clubs elsewhere.

Nevertheless, Felipe has no shortage of suitors just yet. Atletico Mineiro are said to be one of the clubs interested in the services of 33 year old, who had voiced his desire to return to Brazil in the past.

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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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