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Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan make contacts to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender



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Atletico Madrid are known to be one of the most solid clubs defensively. Two seasons ago, finding a way past the Rojiblancos‘ backline was a task that even Europe’s elite dreaded. However, that situation has changed quickly.

This season, Diego Simeone’s side have been extremely poor at defending their goal. In 27 La Liga games this season, the team have conceded 35 goals and maintained only three clean sheets. Needless to say, one of the main objectives heading into the summer transfer window is to strengthen the back-line.

At right-back, Simeone currently has two options — Sime Vrsaljko and Daniel Wass. The former is not part of the starting puzzle at Atleti, while the latter picked up a long-term injury as soon as he arrived.

Marcos Llorente and Yannick Carrasco are two of the players that filled in that role, primarily as wing-backs.

According to reports from MARCA, Atletico Madrid have entered negotiations to sign Emerson Royal from Tottenham Hotspur. The Brazilian made the move to London this summer but has not been able to find his footing under Antonio Conte.

Emerson’s experience in La Liga is what Simeone’s side see as a major benefit in his signing. The defender has played for both Barcelona and Real Betis and would welcome a move back to Spain.

Inter Milan are also interested in signing him, but the player prefers a move back to Spain rather than Italy.

Emerson was signed in a joint purchase by Barcelona and Real Betis in the winter of 2019. After playing for two seasons at Los Verdiblancos, he made a short move to Barcelona before heading to London.

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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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