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Atletico Madrid fall behind West Ham United in race for Polish centre-back



The first thought that springs to mind when one talks about Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid is the strong and resilient defence. The team have carved a special reputation of being solid at the back over the years but the trend has changed in recent seasons.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Los Rojiblancos are actively on the lookout for new signings in defense and have identified Spezia’s Jakub Kiwior as a possibility. However, they are not the only club eyeing the Polish International and are far behind in the race.

The Serie A side have set a price tag of €20 million on their player, a fee deemed too high by the Spanish offices. However, West Ham are prepared to shell out €15 million for his signing and are currently in pole position to sign the 22-year-old.

While it is not known how much Simeone’s side are prepared to table for Kiwior, the operation primarily will depend on the departures from Civitas Metropolitano in January.

If the club manage to oversee a sufficient efflux, they will try and sign him in the winter transfer window. However, in the alternative situation, they will push for him in the summer nevertheless.

The centre-back has made 15 starts for Spezia in the Serie A so far this season, averaging close to ten defensive actions per game. In that duration, the club have conceded 26 goals, a figure that approaches over 1.5 goals per game.

At just 22-years-of age, he would be a long-term solution to Diego Simeone’s plans and an ideal investment given his talent. However, the question remains if he can fit into the Argentine coach’s system.

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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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