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Atletico Madrid defender has signed a one-year extension – report



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Much has been made of Felipe’s future at Atletico Madrid over the past few months. The veteran’s current contract at Wanda Metropolitano expires at the end of the season, with many clubs including Sevilla interested in his services.

Atleti were rumoured to be in negotiation with Felipe over a contract extension. But there were noticeable disagreements over the exact terms of the new deal and an apparent lack of progress.

However, according to a report from MARCA, it appears Atletico Madrid have finally reached an agreement with the veteran Brazilian. The defender is set to pen a one-year extension that will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2023.

Formerly of Corinthians, Felipe had arrived at Atletico Madrid back in 2019. He was brought in to replace the legendary Diego Godin and after an excellent debut season, many were certain of his success at Wanda Metropolitano in the coming years.

Unfortunately, Felipe has struggled to keep up his momentum and form in the past couple of years. He has lacked consistency and has made occasional individual errors that have cost his team dearly.

But it appears Diego Simeone wants to continue counting on him as he is well aware of the Brazilian’s skillset and the experience he offers to the table.

Atletico Madrid were initially hoping to offer Felipe a two-year contract. But due to a lack of progress in negotiations, coupled with uncertainty from the club and the player, the two parties agreed a one-year extension.

Felipe’s contract extension will help Simeone retain his side’s depth in the defensive unit. However, following an indifferent campaign, the Argentine tactician will be hoping to make a few quality signings in the summer, especially in the right-back department, having lost Kieran Trippier to Newcastle United in January.

It will be equally interesting to see if Felipe can establish himself as a first-team regular next season and earn another contract extension before the end of next season.

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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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