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Atletico Madrid open to offers for their players in January, nobody considered ‘untouchable’



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This has been a difficult season for Spanish teams, with no less than three teams from La Liga getting eliminated from the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

The list includes Atletico Madrid, who, unlike Barcelona, do not have such a capital inflow to sustain themselves comfortably even after their elimination from the group stages of the Champions League.

According to Jose Luis Guerrero, Atletico Madrid’s elimination has served as a major financial blow to the club. The board believes that the performance this season is not responding to the quality of the team.

Therefore, the club are prepared to sell a few players in order to generate fresh revenue for the upcoming January transfer window. The report states that not even a single player in the club is considered ‘untouchable’, with Atletico Madrid prepared to offload anyone.

This means the club will be willing to study offers for any of their stars in the January transfer window, thus paving the way for players such as Joao Felix and Yannick Carrasco to seek a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano.

Felix, for one, has had a difficult start to the season and has fallen behind in pecking order, as Diego Simeone continues to rely on other options such as Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann. This has led to the frustration of the Portuguese international, who could be more than willing to seek a move elsewhere in January.

Carrasco, too, has failed to continue his solid performances from earlier this season. He has appeared inconsistent while also lacking productivity in the final third.

Felix and Carrasco are not the only players in contention to leave Atletico Madrid in January, with the likes of Mario Hermoso, Rodrigo De Paul and Saul Niguez also staring at an uncertain future at the club.

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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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