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Atletico Madrid interested in a summer move for PSG midfield star – report



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According to reports from Abdellah Boulma, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in signing Carlos Soler. Paris Saint-Germain are willing to part ways with the Spanish midfielder in June, making the transfer a real possibility.

Soler underwent his formal youth training through the ranks of Valencia’s academy in Spain. In 2015, he was promoted to the Mestalla-based side’s B team before making the jump to La Liga in 2017.

After his full-time registration as a first-team player, Soler began making headlines with his calm, yet impactful performances from the middle of the park. Not only was he an able asset down the middle but also a real threat in front of goal.

His market value eventually soared and he was seen as the next big Spanish magician. Clubs including FC Barcelona were in the race for his signing but in the end, he boarded the flight to France.

It was in September 2022 that the 26-year-old made the move to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 for a fee of €18 million. The move was then seen as a bargain considering the player’s age and unique skillset.

However, this season, Soler has started 14 games and made 22 appearances for the Parisian giants in Ligue 1, scoring three goals and providing two assists in the process. Further, he has created two big chances with an average of 0.6 key passes per game.

It is clear that PSG see him as a rotation player at best. In the club’s six UEFA Champions League games, Soler averaged just 27 minutes per game and started just twice.

The midfielder’s contract with the French club runs until the summer of 2027, and Christophe Galtier’s side will certainly want to recoup a large part of their investment. The only question is whether Los Rojiblancos be willing to shell out a fee given their economic situation.

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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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