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Atletico Madrid defender open to Newcastle United switch in the summer



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The arrival of Reinildo Mandava from Lille in January completely changed Renan Lodi’s position in the team. As the youngster slowly established himself as a reliable option under Diego Simeone, the Brazilian’s importance in the squad fell.

Soon, the manager found a new position for Lodi as a wingback. While it seemed to be a successful attempt in the initial attempts, there was no consistency in his performances over time.

Lodi averaged just 41 minutes per game in the league, starting just 13 out of a possible 38 games for Los Rojiblancos. Unsurprisingly, the club are open to selling the player should the right offer come in.

According to reports from Mark Douglas, Lodi is open to a move to Newcastle United. While the club are willing to sell the player, they are said to be expecting a fee of close to €50 million for their defender.

Eddie Howe’s side have been very active in the transfer window since their takeover by a Saudi led consortium. Their January window signings were key in ensuring their resurgence in the second half of the season.

One of the players who made the move to Newcastle in the winter was Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

Reports say that the full-back’s move to the English side has strengthened ties between the two teams and could help simplify Lodi’s transfer. Yet, both clubs are still far away on the player’s valuation.

In 29 La Liga appearances this season, the 24-year-old scored two goals and provided two assists. He averaged 0.4 key passes per game and has created three big chances.

His statistics defensively are not as impressive, though. The Brazilian produces 1.1 tackles, 0.5 clearances, three duels won and 0.4 interceptions per game.

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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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