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Atletico Madrid offered a chance to sign Borussia Dortmund mainstay for free



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With Atletico Madrid set to enter the market for a new left-back in the summer, AS is reporting that they have been offered the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund mainstay Raphael Guerreiro for free.

Guerreiro, 29, has been with Dortmund since 2016 and has been a top performer for the German giants over the years, impressing one and all with his attacking contributions from the left flank.

The Portuguese international has had another strong campaign in 2022/23, tallying five goals and 14 assists from 34 matches across all competitions.

However, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Guerreiro does not seem keen on renewing and looks bound for the exit doors at Signal Iduna Park.

And now, it is being claimed that Atletico Madrid have been offered an opportunity to secure his services on a Bosman deal, which the Rojiblancos are considering.

Reinildo Mandava is currently out injured and will most likely miss the pre-season before the next campaign starts. Meanwhile, there is no guarantee that Yannick Carrasco will stay at the club amidst strong interest from Barcelona.

And with Sergio Reguilon’s loan deal unlikely to be turned into a permanent transfer, Diego Simeone will need a new left-back before the next season kicks off.

Guerreiro, to that end, fits the bill for the Colchoneros as he is an experienced and accomplished star and would be available for free. He is capable of playing as a traditional full-back or as a wing-back and could fit into Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

Atletico Madrid signed a former Borussia Dortmund player, Axel Witsel, last summer on a free transfer. And it will be interesting to see whether they decide to go down a similar path with Guerreiro and reinforce the left-back slot.

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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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