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Atletico Madrid keeping tabs on Serie A defender called the ‘next de Ligt’



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The defensive instability within the Atletico Madrid rank is pretty much evident this season. After all, the team from the capital city kept just three clean sheets across all competitions in the month of October, where they played nine games.

This mentioned vulnerability is caused by the fact that the team does not really have a starting pair this season. To begin with, 33-year-old Felipe Augusto Monteiro hasn’t done much while Mario Hermoso has lost the trust of his manager. 

Furthermore, Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic have been extremely prone to injuries this season, forcing the team to use Axel Witsel as a central defender. 

It seems Diego Simeone was vigilant about the issue at hand during the previous transfer market itself. Back then, the availability of Arsenal’s William Saliba was inquired about, but nothing concrete transpired.

And now, many options are being considered, including Athletic Bilbao’s Inigo Martinez, but the veteran defender is said to be favouring a move to Barcelona instead.

In turn, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo is claiming that the search has taken Atletico Madrid all the way to Italy, where they are scouting a certain Perr Schuurs who plying his trade with Torino. 

Schuurs, 22, was termed the ‘new De Ligt’ early on in his career due to his physical stature and in-game similarities with the current Bayern Munich defender. And since both defenders came through Ajax’s famed academy, comparisons were inevitable.

For now, getting Schuurs out of Torino would be difficult, mostly because he only joined the Italian team in August 2022 and has a contract with them until 2026. 

On top of that, he is also been watched by Liverpool, who are considering him as a natural successor of Virgil van Dijk, mostly because despite being just 22, he stands 6’2” tall, is known for his tactical reading of the game and is a very powerful presence in the air. 

For now, Schuurs’ name is being followed by Atletico, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will make an official approach in the future. 

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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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