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Atletico Madrid have a pre-agreement with 19-year-old La Liga defender – report



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According to Javi Miguel of AS, Atletico Madrid already have reached a pre-agreement with Girona defender Arnau Martinez over a transfer in the summer window.

Martinez, 19, has made quite the name for himself in his debut season in La Liga. A former trainee of Barcelona’s fabled La Masia academy, the young right-back left the Catalan giants in 2016. After two years in L’Hospitalet, the full-back moved to Girona, where he made his first-team breakthrough.

Martinez enjoyed a solid season last time out, helping Girona earn promotion to La Liga. And the teenage defender has been a hit in his debut campaign in the Spanish top flight, notching up a return of three goals and two assists from 23 league matches.

Martinez had been linked heavily with a move back to Barcelona in the past, but as per the aforementioned report, the Catalan giants have their sights on Villarreal’s Juan Foyth now. Whereas, the 19-year-old Girona ace has reportedly reached a pre-agreement with Atletico.

The Rojiblancos had held talks with Girona over the possibility of signing Martinez in the past. Reports had even suggested that the Spanish capital club had even tabled an offer for the teenager, who is understood to have a €20 million release clause in his contract.

Atletico Madrid roped in Nahuel Molina in the summer to reinforce the right-back slot, but he has not been nearly consistent enough.

Meanwhile, Matt Doherty, who was signed from Tottenham in January, has hardly played for the Rojiblancos. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it will not come as a surprise to see the Irishman leave.

It would create a vacancy for a new right-back, and all signs are pointing towards Martinez being the player to fill that void. It remains to be seen whether there is indeed a pre-agreement between Atletico and the teenager and if the move does go through come summer.

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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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