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Atletico Madrid keen on offloading defender, high salary becoming a hurdle

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The situation at Civitas Metropolitano is grave, and every news from the Atletico Madrid camp just goes on to exemplify the same. The team’s poor results will put uncontrolled pressure on the manager, but there is the economic episode to solve before that.

According to reports from MARCA, Mario Hermoso is a player who has been on the departure list for a while now. The returns from his move would go a long way in balancing Atleti’s books, but the one hurdle to his transfer is the high salary.

The Spaniard is currently earning net wages of €4.4 million per year, which is making it difficult for Atletico Madrid to find suitors for him. On top of that, Hermoso himself is believed to be keen on staying at the club.

Nevertheless, the Rojiblancos have not given up and will not, however complicated it gets. There is a sense of belief that an offer can arrive from the Premier League at any time.

The 27-year-old has barely participated in La Liga for Atletico Madrid this season. Close to halfway through the season, he has played just 120 minutes and has a goal in that duration.

Last season, he made 26 appearances for Simeone’s side and averaged over eight defensive actions per ninety minutes. However, it is clear that something has changed drastically in a year and that the coach no longer favours him as much.

The centre-back signed a five-year deal with the club in 2019 and the contract is set to expire in the month of June 2024.

Given that he will be a free agent in just over a year, this is Atleti’s best chance to get rid of Hermoso. But only time will tell whether Diego Simeone’s side can find a suitor for him in January or the summer window.

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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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