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Atletico Madrid have completed their player registrations for La Liga

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Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are raring to go ahead of the new season. The men in red-and-white were imperious in the pre-season, winning all four games, including a thumping 4-0 victory over Juventus.

However, the great results leading up to the league did not hide the fact that the club were struggling on the economic front.

While they had almost the entire squad registered with La Liga, questions were asked about the two registrations that Atletico had not yet completed, that of Antoine Griezmann and Felipe.

The club offices burned the midnight oil to complete the pending procedure. Now, both Griezmann and Felipe have been registered as Atletico Madrid players for the upcoming season, as revealed on the official La Liga website.

The Frenchman’s registration was only a question of accommodating his wages within the league limits. However, Felipe’s case was more concerning.

The Brazilian’s contract included an automatic renewal clause in case he participated in a certain number of games. Though the 33-year-old met the requirements, the club did not officially announce that his contract had been extended.

Nevertheless, Felipe’s registration itself serves as an announcement of his extension. The centre-back will continue to wear the number 18 in the coming season.

Last year, Felipe made 26 appearances for the club in La Liga, averaging over eight defensive actions per game. However, he only oversaw one clean sheet in that duration.

Meanwhile, Griezmann is in his second year on loan at the club and will be looking to make a big impact. Last season, he was only involved in eight league goals for Los Rojiblancos, a figure that is underwhelming given his astronomical standards.

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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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