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Atletico Madrid have ‘set their sights’ on La Liga midfielder for the summer



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Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy couple of transfer windows next year as they look to get rid of some of their star players in an attempt to generate revenue.

At the same time, they are also in desperate need of new signings that can replace the departed players. They have already identified the midfield department as a critical area and are actively looking out for options in the market.

According to Diario AS, the Rojiblancos have set their sights on Aleix Garcia, in particular. The midfielder currently plies his trade with Girona, where he is regarded as one of the top players at the club.

A central midfielder by trade, the 25-year-old was a critical part of Girona’s promotion drive last season. He has also featured in all of the 14 matches in the current season, even captaining the team in the game against CA Osasuna.

Atletico Madrid consider Garcia to be an excellent option in their bid to reinforce the midfield department. The Girona starlet is relatively young and offers abundant experience in Spanish football. They believe he is prepared to take the next step in his career.

Garcia’s current contract also expires at the end of the season, meaning Atletico can negotiate a pre-contract agreement from the start of next year.

From a sporting perspective, Garcia may end up replacing Rodrigo De Paul at Atletico. The Argentine international is one of few midfielders tipped to leave the club in January, as Los Colchoneros look to cut down on costs after being eliminated from European football.

However, signing Garcia will not be a walk in the park, with Barcelona also reportedly keeping close tabs on the midfielder.

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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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