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Atletico Madrid face Tottenham battle in race for 20-year-old central defender

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Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur could be set to battle it out for the signing of Bayer Leverkusen and Ecuador defender Piero Hincapie.

This claim comes from Ryan Taylor of the Express, who states that both Atleti and Tottenham are already tracking the 20-year-old defender.

Hincapie signed for Leverkusen in the summer of 2021 and has become one of the top defensive prospects in the Bundesliga. Currently representing Ecuador at the FIFA World Cup 2022, the centre-half put in a strong display against hosts Qatar on the opening day.

The young defender’s progress has seemingly caught the attention of Atletico Madrid, who have been far from their best at the back this season and are seeking reinforcements either in January or in the summer.

Felipe is expected to leave the club in the near future while Mario Hermoso has also struggled to make an impact. A player like Hincapie with his all-round abilities and immense potential at such a young age, could be an exciting addition.

However, Tottenham Hotspur could rival the Rojiblancos in the race to sign Hincapie. The Premier League giants had considered signing the 20-year-old defender this past summer as well, but ultimately settled on a loan move for Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet.

While Spurs have an option to sign him permanently, it is not certain that they would consider that possibility considering that the French ace has not entirely convinced during his time in North London.

Hincapie is contracted with Leverkusen until the summer of 2026 and the Bundesliga giants would likely demand a significant fee from suitors if they do indeed decide to sell the Ecuadorian international.

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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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