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Atletico Madrid looking at Luis Enrique as a possible successor for Diego Simeone



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According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are closely monitoring the situation of Spain national team manager Luis Enrique as a possible successor for current head coach Diego Simeone.

The 52-year-old Enrique will see his contract with the Spanish national team expire at the end of the year, following the culmination of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

It has given way to speculations over his future, with RFEF president Luis Rubiales appearing coy on whether Enrique will be offered an extension or not.

Furthermore, names like Marcelino and Ernesto Valverde are already being talked about as potential successors for the former Barcelona manager at the helm of the national team.

Given how things are, Atletico Madrid are said to be closely monitoring Enrique’s situation as they see him as a possible successor to Simeone.

Cholo has not looked his best this season with Atletico struggling to muster up the performances of the old under the Argentine tactician. It has led to doubts over his continuity among some supporters, although the club reportedly continue to back him.

However, if Enrique becomes available, CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin could make a move, having reportedly tried to appoint the 52-year-old around two years ago.

It is claimed that the Atletico Madrid CEO would be interested in hiring Enrique as he sees the former Barcelona boss as the ideal fit to take over from Simeone.

The report also claims that the Spanish federation will likely offer an extension to Enrique as well, while he is also on the radars of two clubs from the Premier League in case he decides to move on from the national team managerial duties.

So, Atletico Madrid would likely face some competition if they do indeed decide to go after Enrique’s services.

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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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