Considering Atletico Madrid’s midseason slump in form, their Champions League qualification can be called a success.
Diego Simeone knows well that the squad needs a revamp and the coming June has been selected as the big transfer window in view of the same.
The defence was said to be the main priority for the manager to strengthen, while the centre-forward position has been equally worrying. However, it seems like Los Rojiblancos‘ first signing has come in midfield.
According to reports from El Chiringuito, Atletico Madrid have practically completed the signing of Boubacar Kamara.
The tables seem to have turned in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, Aston Villa were said to have overtaken the Spanish giants in the race for the defensive midfielder but reports today say otherwise.
Kamara’s contact at Marseille runs out in the summer, and the player has decided not to renew.
The 22-year-old has established himself as a regular under Jorge Sampaoli, starting 30 league games for his team this season. In that duration, he has created three big chances and scored one goal.
Defensively, he has been solid and averages 1.3 interceptions, two tackles, a clearance and five duels won per ninety minutes.
Though Geoffrey Kondogbia and Hector Herrera have done a good job as covering the defensive midfield position, the latter’s confirmed departure creates a vacancy that needs to be filled.
With no price tag attached to his transfer, Atletico Madrid see him as the ideal choice to reinforce their squad.
With contrasting reports coming out in less than a 24 hour span, it remains to be seen as to which claim is true.
However, the player has always shown a preference to join Atleti, and onw hopes that the youngster opts to render his services at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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