Reinildo Mandava was a largely unknown figure in European football when he signed for Atletico Madrid in February. However, he has quickly taken a starting spot in defence in Diego Simeone’s side, and has become a fan-favourite.
The manager has found a way to accommodate both him and Renan Lodi in recent months. His decision to play the Brazilian as a left wing-back has reaped rewards, and both players are now indispensable to Los Rojiblancos‘ setup.
Atletico Madrid are still looking for a reinforcement at left-back now. According to reports from Rodrigo Faez of ESPN, the Spanish side eye Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso as a transfer target.
The left-back has another year on his contract and is open to returning to a Barcelona move. The negotiations with Chelsea, however, is expected to be the big hurdle in the process.
The player is not new to Spanish football, having played for Real Madrid Castilla until 2009. In 2010, he made the move to Bolton in England. After a few loan spell, he eventually moved to Chelsea in 2016/17.
Alonso’s importance in the team has seen a fall since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, prompting him to look for other options. Ben Chilwell is the first choice for the German manager, and understandably so. However, an ACL injury to him paved the path for Alonso to return to the XI.
Chelsea have been banned from offering new contracts to players and transfer activities following Roman Abramovich’s sanctioning by the UK Government. Given that Alonso only has a year left on his contract, selling him could be a wise decision.
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