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Atletico Madrid open talks to sign the ‘next Luka Modric’



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Atletico Madrid are still not done in the summer transfer window as they have reportedly opened talks with Ligue 1 side Rennes for the signing of Lovro Majer.

This claim comes from French publication L’Equipe, who state that the 24-year-old midfielder would consider a move to the Civitas Metropolitano due to the availability of Champions League football.

Majer has been likened to fellow Croatian midfielder and Real Madrid icon Luka Modric in his country. Having spent the majority of his career at Dinamo Zagreb, he moved to Rennes only last summer, arriving in a deal worth €12 million, including bonuses.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a positive start to life in Brittany, bagging six goals and nine assists from 38 appearances so far. Able to play as a No. 8 or a No. 10, the Croatian international offers goals and creativity from the centre of the park.

It has seemingly attracted the interest of Atletico Madrid, who have now initiated talks with Rennes over a possible move for Majer.

The report states that the ex-Dinamo Zagreb star is happy and well-settled at his current club, but he could be ‘seduced’ by the prospect of playing in the UEFA Champions League with Diego Simeone’s side.

Majer’s contract with Rennes runs until the summer of 2026. So, the Ligue 1 outfit could demand a hefty fee for his signing. Whether Atleti can afford to shell out a big amount and register the player would be a major question given the problems they have had this summer.

For now, though, talks are taking place between the Rojiblancos and Rennes over a possible deal involving Majer.

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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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