According to journalist Giacomo Iacobellis, Atletico Madrid are in talks to extend the contract of midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia until the summer of 2026.
Kondogbia signed for Atletico Madrid from Valencia in the summer of 2020. While he has not exactly been a mainstay in the side, the Central African international has done well almost every time when Diego Simeone has called upon him.
So far, the 29-year-old has appeared 82 times for Los Rojiblancos, of which 16 appearances have come in the ongoing campaign.
Kondogbia has largely been a reliable performer for Atletico, be it as a defensive midfielder or even as a centre-back in a three-man backline when Simeone opted to use him in such a role in the past.
The 29-year-old’s current contract with Atletico Madrid expires in 2024. Considering that Koke is not getting any younger and there are major question marks over the future of Rodrigo De Paul, who is on the radars of several clubs in Italy.
So, it would be a good move on Atletico Madrid’s part to extend the contract of Kondogbia, considering he has proven to be a player who Simeone can count on more often than not.
Furthermore, there have been reports of interest in the 29-year-old from Aston Villa, making it important for the Colchoneros to tie him down to a new deal.
To that end, talks are underway over a new contract for the former Inter Milan and Valencia midfielder, which will keep him tethered at the Civitas Metropolitano until the summer of 2026.
It will be interesting to see whether the talks over the extension end with the desired outcome for the Spanish capital club.
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