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Atletico Madrid, Manchester City battling for 18-year-old Serie A defensive prodigy



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As reported by Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City are interested in raiding Serie A side Atalanta for the signing of teenage defender Giorgio Scalvini.

The 18-year-old is a product of the Atalanta youth academy and has been on the club’s books since 2015. Having made his senior debut in October last year, Scalvini has since featured 25 times for La Dea, bagging two goals in the process.

He has played four times this term and netted a solitary goal, which came as a winner against AS Roma just prior to the international break. A centre-back by trade, Scalvini can also play as a defensive midfielder and is held in very high regard in Italy.

And it seems like both Atletico Madrid and Manchester City have been impressed by the bags of potential he possesses. So much so that, the report states that Los Rojiblancos already asked Atalanta about the 18-year-old Scalvini back in August this year.

While it led to nothing, the La Liga heavyweights are continuing to follow up on the Italian prospect and are not prepared to give up on their interest in him as of yet.

Given the injury struggles of Jose Maria Gimenez and the age of Felipe and Stefan Savic, Diego Simeone’s side need to inject some new blood into their defensive line and someone like Scalvini can be an asset for the present and the future.

What makes him an even more attractive prospect is that the youngster will be out of contract at the end of the current season. But with Manchester City also interested in signing Scalvini, Atletico could have a tough time landing the defender, who has already earned one cap for the Italian national team.

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Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”



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Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.

To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.

Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.

Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:

“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.

“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”

Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.

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