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Atletico Madrid eye move for €20 million-rated Bundesliga left-back



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Atletico Madrid are going through a major overhaul this month. The club have sanctioned the exit of Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha on loan deals while Felipe, too, could leave the club if the right offer arrives.

Atleti are looking at the possibility of signing Memphis Depay in order to alleviate the loss of Felix and Cunha. But as far as the defensive unit is concerned, the club have appeared equally active in the market and are looking for a left-back, in particular.

According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid have set their sights on Ramy Bensebaini. The 27-year-old has emerged on the radar of the Spanish club as part of its plans to sign players that have their contracts expiring at the end of the season.

Bensebaini, who currently plies his trade with Borussia Monchengladbach, has been one of the best-performing left-backs in the Bundesliga this season. He has racked up five goals in 14 league matches, thus raising many eyebrows across Europe.

Atletico Madrid are one of the clubs alerted to Bensebaini’s performances and want to incorporate him into the team.

Atleti’s interest in the Gladbach starlet comes in the midst of concerns over the left hand side of Diego Simeone’s setup. Reinildo Mandava’s performances have taken a hit lately, whereas Sergio Reguilon is yet to showcase his true quality after joining from Tottenham in the summer.

There is also uncertainty over the future of Yannick Carrasco. Even though Los Colchoneros have declined to offload him in January, even amid interest from Barcelona, the Belgian is determined to leave the club at the end of the season.

This accentuates the need for someone like Ramy Bensebaini. At the age of 27, the Algerian international is currently at the peak of his powers and his ability to operate further upfront could make him an ideal asset for Simeone in the years to come.

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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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