Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a crucial summer ahead as coach Diego Simeone looks to address some of the most prominent issues in the squad.
One of the problem areas is the left-back department. The club had parted ways with Renan Lodi in the summer, allowing him to join Nottingham Forest on loan. Atleti also loaned out Manu Sanchez.
In order to alleviate the loss of these two players, the club roped in Sergio Reguilon. But the ex-Real Madrid man has not been to make much of an impact. This has been coupled with the constant speculation over the future of Barcelona target Yannick Carrasco.
To make things worse for Atleti, Reinildo Mandava has picked up a major injury, which could leave him on the sidelines for about seven months. This has accentuated the need for a new left-back, with Atletico Madrid keeping tabs on Javi Galan.
This has been reported by Mundo Deportivo, with the Spanish media outlet claiming that the Spanish giants are open to signing the Celta Vigo left-back at the end of the season.
However, luring Galan could be a tricky affair for Atletico Madrid. His parent club Celta Vigo will make life difficult for the Spanish giants, especially with the defender having a termination clause worth €18 million.
Galan, though, is thought to be available for a fee in the region of €10-12 million. However, a bigger obstacle for Atletico Madrid will be the competition from FC Barcelona.
The Catalans were close to signing Galan last summer, but the move did not materialise as the club missed the deadline to close the deal. But has not deterred the Blaugrana from going back into the market for the left-back, who could prove to be an ideal long-term competitor for Alejandro Balde.
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