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Atletico Madrid in negotiations to extend €40 million-rated winger’s contract



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People often forget that Yannick Carrasco initially signed for Atletico Madrid in 2015. His first stint at the club ended abruptly when left for China in 2018.

Yet, the Belgian returned to the club on loan in 2020 for an unknown fee and has been a vital part of Diego Simeone’s plans ever since. In fact, he has provided 13 goals and 18 assists since his return to the club.

According to reports from MARCA, Los Rojiblancos have been working with Carrasco’s agent for months now to extend his contract at the club. It is also proposed that the winger’s release clause be hiked from the existing value of €60 million.

While an agreement is not imminent, a renewal would satisfy both parties. Diego Simeone considers the player untouchable and it remains to be seen if the club and Carrasco can agree on the economics.

Last season, the 28-year-old made 34 league appearances for Atletico Madrid in which he scored six goals and provided as many assists.

He was, however, linked to an exit from the club and received interest from the Premier League. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs liked his profile and attempted to lure him away from Madrid, but Carrasco’s priority has been to renew.

If he stays next season, he will face competition from Thomas Lemar and possibly Samuel Lino for a place on the winger. Nevertheless, competition has always been a factor that has pushed the Belgian to greater heights.

Negotiations will continue in the coming days and one could expect a long wait before a final agreement is reached between the parties.

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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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