Heading into the new season, Atletico Madrid seem to be understaffed in the forward department. While Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann are arguably two confirmed starters, there is a void in the central striker position.
Luis Suarez left the club last month concluding his two-year stint at the club. While Alvaro Morata is technically still an Atletico player, his disputes with the manager point to a certain departure. As it stands, Matheus Cunha seems to be the only option available at Simeone’s disposal.
According to The Times Atletico Madrid are weighing up whether to make a bid for Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
Relevo also corroborates these claims stating that Jorge Mendes and Atletico have discussed a possible move for the 37-year-old. The Portuguese legend is not seen as an option for now, but his signing is also not ruled out by the club’s offices.
Ronaldo’s history with Real Madrid is indeed a big obstacle in his signing. The veteran striker won 15 trophies during his stint with Los Blancos and engraved his name in the club’s history by breaking record after record. It would undoubtedly be difficult to fathom him joining Atletico Madrid at this stage of his career.
The 37-year-old has told Manchester United that he wants to leave the club in the summer and play for a team in the Champions League. Moreover, he has not travelled with Erik Ten Hag’s side for their pre-season to Australia.
In recent weeks, his agent has offered his services to Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich amongst other top European clubs. However, there has been no interest recorded from any of the parties.
In 30 Premier League appearances for Manchester United last season, Ronaldo scored 18 goals and provided three assists. He also scored six goals in just seven Champions League appearances.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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