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Atletico Madrid not ruling out the possibility of recalling 22-year-old loanee in January



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A certain Rodrigo Riquelme has shown immense potential this season while playing on loan from Atletico Madrid to Girona, with the 22-year-old scoring four goals across all competitions.

Interestingly enough, one of his three goals in La Liga came against his parent club on October 8, 2022, in front of a packed Civitas Metropolitano. While the match ended in Atletico’s favour, Riquelme was cheered by everyone in the stadium not only when he scored the goal but also when he was substituted.

So for someone who has spent several seasons on loan, Riquelme has now developed a knack for finding the back of the net one way or the other, as last season, when playing for CD Mirandes, he ended up providing 12 assists during the season.

But while Riquelme is pretty much enjoying his loan tenure, Atletico might have to pull him out of the situation mostly because the circumstances they are in right now are not ideal.

Now out of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the team from the capital city is forced to balance their accounts, meaning that in the coming months, several top players could leave.

If that is done, Spanish publication MARCA believes the team might well look to shorten Riquelme’s loan tenure by striking a deal with Girona to bring him back in January.

Now, there is no denying the fact that Riquelme is one for the future. He has a contract with Atletico until 2028 and if not in January, he will return to Madrid at the end of the season.

The only thing that troubles Atletico right now is the concerning finances. Riquelme is going to be the one to look for at the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and one good performance will put him on the world map.

With a termination clause of just €60 million, many teams would take advantage of Atletico’s vulnerable position so it will be interesting to see how the Rojiblancos cope with the situation.

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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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