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Atletico Madrid midfielder has no plans to leave the club in June: Fabrizio Romano



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When Rodrigo de Paul’s desire to leave Udinese came to the fore in July, European giants queued in front of the Italian club’s offices to secure his signing.

It was only after a tough battle that Atletico Madrid got their man at a fee of €40 million, making him a star signing for the team.

Despite making a bright start to his tenure in Spain, the Argentine has not had a prominent role in recent months.

In his last four appearances for Los Rojiblancos, De Paul has only played 148 of a possible 360 minutes. He is no longer a guaranteed starter under Diego Simeone, and rumours of his departure have begun to take over in Spanish media.

According to a report from Fabrizio Romano, though, de Paul has no plans to leave Atletico Madrid this summer despite rumours. He wants to continue under Simeone, and the club reciprocate that feeling.

However, the Italian journalist further reports that Boubacar Kamara’s potential move to the Wanda Metropolitano does not depend on the Argentine’s future.

In 21 starts for Atletico Madrid this season, the 27-year-old has scored one goal and provided one assist. He has created seven big chances and 1.4 key passes per game.

Most recently, he delivered a masterclass against Granada when he played the full 90 minutes. On the night, he provided five key passes, nine crosses and seven long balls in what was a man of the match display.

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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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