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Atletico Madrid midfielder wants Lionel Messi to join the club: “Let him come”



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Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich was a reminder to the world of football that money can not buy titles. Despite harbouring some of the game’s biggest names, the Parisians were outplayed by the German champions.

The elimination has thrown the futures of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar Jr into doubt once again. Messi’s contract expires at the end of the season and is being linked with a potential exit in the summer.

Amidst this, Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo De Paul was quizzed about the Argentine legend’s future by El Larguero earlier this week, and he did not hold back in inviting Messi to Civitas Metropolitano, saying:

“Does Lionel Messi have doubts about renewing with PSG? Well, let him come to Atlético de Madrid!”

De Paul and Messi are teammates at the international level and were key cogs in their FIFA World Cup 2022 triumph. The two share a great bond, but despite the Atletico Madrid star’s invitation to the seven-time Ballon d’Or, a move to Atletico Madrid is just a fantasy.

The World Cup winner is said to be contemplating a return to Spain next season. However, in such a scenario, he will likely return to Barcelona to spend the final years of his career at the club of his life. A move to Madrid is practically impossible.

At 35 years of age, the record Ballon d’Or winner has scored 13 goals and provided 13 assists in just 22 league appearances for PSG this season. He continues to be one of the best players in the world and was recently awarded FIFA’s The Best Men’s player award.

Meanwhile, Rodrigo De Paul has seen an improved run of form for Los Rojiblancos in recent weeks. He has started five of Atletico Madrid’s last six games across all competitions and provided one assist in that duration.

In the bigger picture, the World Cup winner averages 1.4 key passes per game for Diego Simeone’s side and has created seven big chances so far in La Liga. Defensively, he averages close to five defensive actions per game including three duels won.

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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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