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Atletico Madrid interested in a summer move for Barcelona loanee

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According to reports from SPORT, Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Barcelona loanee Abdessamad Ezzalzouli in the summer and are maintaining a close eye on his situation in Osasuna.

The Moroccan International has shown a very high level for the Pamplona-based side in his season-long loan so far, attracting eyes from across the world. He has provided two assists and scored one goal in 17 league appearances for Osasuna so far.

Earlier this month, he also scored the only goal in the semifinal of the Copa del Rey to give Osasuna a 1-0 lead over Athletic Club in the first leg.

Ez Abde made his debut for the Catalan club against Deportivo Alaves in October 2021 and went on to make ten league appearances for Barcelona last season. He is primarily known for his fearless brand on football and ability to take on and dribble past opposition defences through the wings.

With a successful stint at Osasuna under his belt, the player will return to Catalonia in June at the end of his loan spell. Xavi Hernandez intends to keep the player, however, his future at the club depends on other factors including the need for player sales at Barcelona.

Given the precarious economic state of the league leaders, Abde could well be the man Barcelona offload to balance the books. In the event of his availability, Atletico Madrid would become prime contenders to sign him.

Diego Simeone’s side hope to include the player as part of the speculated Yannick Carrasco transfer to Barcelona come June. However, given that Xavi’s side values the Moroccan at more than €15 million, Atletico Madrid might have to shell out an extra amount in addition to swapping the Belgian winger.

The Colchoneros face competition from the Premier League where teams including Nottingham Forest have already enquired about Abde’s availability.

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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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