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Atletico Madrid interested in signing ‘one of Ligue 1’s best left-backs’

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Even though the January transfer window is still not over, Atletico Madrid are already planning for the summer and have identified RC Lens left-back Deiver Machado as a possible transfer target.

This claim comes from AS, who state that Los Rojiblancos have been closely following the 29-year-old defender and are interested in signing him.

Machado joined Lens in the summer of 2021 and has grown into an important player for the Ligue 1 club. The Colombian ace has particularly shone brightly in the ongoing campaign, helping Lens rise to the second spot in the French top flight.

Machado, thus far, has made 17 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring and assisting one goal apiece.

Playing as a wing-back for Lens, the 29-year-old has displayed his attacking abilities while has been solid defensively as well and is regarded as one of the best left-backs in Ligue 1 at the moment.

And, Atletico Madrid have taken note of the Colombian international and are interested in securing his services.

The Colchoneros parted ways with Renan Lodi in the summer, letting him join Nottingham Forest on loan. While they did bring in Sergio Reguilon on loan from Tottenham, the ex-Real Madrid man has struggled with injuries and could return to England in the summer.

That, coupled with Yannick Carrasco’s links to Barcelona mean Atletico Madrid will likely have to invest in a new left-sided full-back in the summer transfer window.

There has been some interest shown in Ramy Bensebaini of Borussia Monchengladbach, but now Deiver Machado has also emerged as a strong possibility.

But Atletico Madrid will have to battle La Liga rivals Real Sociedad in pursuit of the Lens defender as La Real are also looking at him as a potential replacement for Diego Rico, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

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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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