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Atletico Madrid face competition from Barcelona for PSG forward – report

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Angel Di Maria has won almost everything there is to win in both club and international football.

At the club level, he has won the league and cup in three different countries, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup, amongst other prestigious trophies.

In the Argentine colours, he has won an Olympic gold, a Copa America, and finished second at the FIFA World Cup.

Yet, Di Maria is far from done with professional football. At the ripe age of 34, the player is determined to continue his career in Europe, according to a report from Gaston Edul.

Several top clubs are said to be interested in signing the winger, including Atletico Madrid. They are among the four clubs eyeing the Argentine, the others being Barcelona, Benfica, and Juventus.

Di Maria has started 16 league games for PSG this season, scoring three goals and providing five assists. He averages 2.1 key passes per game and has created 12 big chances.

Yesterday, he started against Angers in Ligue 1 and provided two assists with a whopping six key passes. He also created three big chances on the night.

His contract with Paris-Saint Germain only runs until June, after which he will be a free agent. At the moment, there is no proposal to renew his deal at Parc des Princes, but it would be foolish to rule out any future efforts from the French side.

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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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