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Atletico Madrid favourites to sign Chelsea icon on a free transfer – Romano

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According to the latest update from Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid have become the frontrunners for the signing of Chelsea legend Cesar Azpilicueta this summer.

The Spaniard is set to call time on his successful 11-year spell at Chelsea this summer, with the club and the player mutually agreeing to part ways despite Azpilicueta having signed a new contract until 2024 only last summer.

A legend at Stamford Bridge, Azpilicueta has won every possible trophy with the Blues barring the FA Community Shield.

But with Reece James the first choice at right-back and Malo Gusto set to return after his loan spell, Azpilicueta’s time with Chelsea is ending. And new manager Mauricio Pochettino is willing to let him leave for free given his services to the club.

A move to Inter Milan appeared to be on the horizon for the departing Chelsea captain. Personal terms were also understood to be agreed between the two parties.

However, Atletico Madrid have swooped in for Azpilicueta and look set to fly away with his signature. It is believed that the defender’s family is pushing for a return to Spain as a result of which talks have now reached advanced stages.

As such, the Rojiblancos are now the favourites to secure the signing of Azpilicueta, who will provide depth and cover across the backline.

Furthermore, his leadership and experience will also make him an asset for Diego Simeone’s side as they look to get back on top of the throne in La Liga.

With Romano claiming that talks are very advanced, it might not be very long before Atletico Madrid secure another defender’s signing this summer having practically sealed the capture of Javi Galan.

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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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