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Atletico Madrid midfielder has rejected contract extension offered to him by the club



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Thomas Lemar’s journey at Atletico Madrid has been far from consistent since his arrival from AS Monaco in 2018. The player had an unconvincing first season under Diego Simeone and was considered a failed transfer given his high price tag.

Yet, over the past two years, Lemar made a good comeback for Los Rojiblancos. He might not have goals to show for his improvement, but there has been an unbelievable transformation in his understanding of the system.

According to reports from David G Medina of MARCA, Atletico Madrid have offered the Frenchman a contract extension. However, he is said to have rejected the proposal.

Lemar’s contract with the club is set to expire in June 2023. With just over a year left on his deal, it is now the ideal time for Atleti to sell him if he does not intend to renew.

Since his arrival four seasons ago, the French international played close to 150 games, scoring nine goals and providing 14 assists. His relative lack of minutes could be the main reason pushing the player towards an exit. However, the economic aspect of Atletico’s offer is unknown and a more convincing effort could seal the his renewal.

If the situation continues, Los Rojiblancos will listen to offers for the player this month. Arsenal have been heavily interested in the player in the past, and could look to swoop him this summer as they look to strengthen their squad.

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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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