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Atletico Madrid open talks to sign ex-Real Madrid defensive prospect – Romano

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With Renan Lodi nearing a transfer to Premier League side Nottingham Forest, Atletico Madrid have already begun their search for a replacement for the Brazilian left-back.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are already in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the potential signing of Sergio Reguilon.

The former Real Madrid prospect has fallen out of favour at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium under Antonio Conte and is primed to leave the club before the transfer window closes.

Plenty of clubs have taken an interest in the Spaniard, who is ‘more than appreciated’ at Atletico Madrid. With the situation surrounding Lodi evolving in the last few hours, negotiations for Reguilon could pick up pace.

A product of the Real Madrid youth academy, the 25-year-old made only 22 senior appearances for Atleti’s arch-rivals. Instead, Reguilon’s shot at fame came during the 2019/20 campaign when he was on loan at Sevilla, helping them win the UEFA Europa League.

Soon after that, a move to Tottenham Hotspur materialised, with Real Madrid including a €40 million buyback option which will expire at the end of this transfer window. However, they have not shown any inclination to trigger that clause, leaving the field clear for Atletico.

Lodi has been at the club for three years and his departure will leave a void at the Civitas Metropolitano, even though Reinildo Mandava is available at Diego Simeone’s disposal.

Signing a player like Reguilon, who is young but has a good degree of experience and exposure at the top level can be a good move.

Recent reports had indicated that Atleti had lodged a request to sign him on loan. Romano’s update does not specify whether the Colchoneros are trying to get him on a temporary deal or permanently, but talks are already underway and Reguilon could soon return to the Spanish capital.

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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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