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Atletico Madrid midfielder to face punishment from club after attending music event



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Rodrigo de Paul has become a hot topic inside the Atletico Madrid camp lately following the controversy over attending a Billboards event in Miami.

To recap things, the Atleti midfielder had left for the Argentine camp for the international break around two weeks ago. However, he did not return to Spain on Wednesday, September 28, unlike his compatriots Angel Correa and Nahuel Molina.

De Paul had asked for a couple of days off due to “personal reasons”, which was granted by Atletico Madrid. But the midfielder was later seen attending the Billboards Gala in Miami, along with his partner Tini.

He did not return to the Atletico Madrid camp until Saturday, which irked Diego Simeone, along with the rest of the club management.

In light of this breach of trust, Atletico Madrid have not yet put out any official statement. They have also refused to comment on the situation, urging that the matters should be resolved internally.

However, according to Mundo Deportivo, the club from the capital could enforce an economic sanction on Rodrigo de Paul as part of his punishment. They are also expected to limit his game time, as evidenced in Simeone’s team selection in recent matches.

Although de Paul was included in Atleti’s recent Champions League game against Club Brugge, Simeone refused to call on his services, even when the club were losing 2-0. The midfielder was not given a chance vs Girona either.

With Los Colchoneros bracing themselves for a tough run of fixtures, it remains to be seen how long the club plan to punish de Paul, whose creativity and versatility in the middle of the park could be crucial in the upcoming games against Club Brugge, Athletic Club and Rayo Vallecano.

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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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