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Atletico Madrid midfielder on the radars of Aston Villa ahead of the January window



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Atletico Madrid’s early elimination from the UEFA Champions has the club neck-deep in financial trouble and the situation is not getting any better.

Los Rojiblancos had accounted for a deeper run in Europe and estimated larger returns from the competition. Their disastrous run and failure to qualify even for the Europa League have them on the brink and the management must take drastic decisions.

It is almost certain that some players need to leave Diego Simeone’s side in the winter transfer window. Moreover, the club’s crippling situation means that they will have to sell any player with suitors, for it is the need of the hour.

According to reports from England, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Geoffrey Kondogbia is one with a high chance of a departure come January, especially given the interest in his signing from the Premier League.

Aston Villa are said to be exploring possibilities to secure his arrival, especially given that Unai Emery knows the player well.

It is not the first time that the English club have been linked with Kondogbia, for former manager Steven Gerard was a fan of the midfielder too. Despite their best attempts, however, an agreement did not materialize last summer.

The 29-year-old’s contract with Atletico Madrid runs out in 2024, leaving just over a year on his deal. Needless to say, it is the right time for the club to part ways with the player if indeed they wish to.

The Central African Republic international has played in 11 La Liga games for Los Rojiblancos this season, providing just one assist in the process. However, he has been relentless in defence, averaging close to ten defensive actions per ninety minutes.

Apart from Kondogbia, the likes of Matheus Cunha, Thomas Lemar and Joao Felix could also depart, with the latter even asking to leave the club.

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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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