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Atletico Madrid looking to offload 21-year-old forward ahead of the 2022/23 season



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The trend in football now is to identify young talents early and sign them before they are spotted by other clubs. This strategy is a double-edged sword, for the chance of failure is spectacularly high.

Real Madrid pulled it off rather successfully with Vinicius Jr, and Barcelona with Pedri. Atletico Madrid, too, attempted a similar formula when they signed 20-year-old Marcos Paulo from Fluminese in 2021.

The youngster was catching eyes with his explosive performances in the Brazilian league, and Los Rojiblancos decided to take the chance by signing him.

According to reports from Relevo, however, the decision has not worked well. Diego Simeone has discarded the player from his plans for the coming season, who is now looking for a new club next season.

Paulo was shipped out less than a month after his arrival at Wanda Metropolitano and spent the last year on loan at FC Famalicao. In 24 league appearances, he scored three goals and provided three assists.

The youngster’s loan deal ended just less than two weeks ago, and he has now been asked to pack his bags. It comes as a big surprise as he was never given a chance in the team by Diego Simeone.

The decision seems to be a result of the Portuguese player’s underwhelming loan spell. After starting the season as a starter, Paulo was slowly pushed to the bench because of his inability to create a difference in the final third.

There is no reported interest in the player from Europe, and it is expected that he will make a move back to Brazil in the coming weeks.

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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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