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Atletico Madrid open to selling World Cup winner in January, Serie A giants keen



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Rodrigo De Paul’s future at Atletico Madrid is highly uncertain. While the 28-year-old midfielder is a part of Diego Simeone’s plans, he has fallen out of favour with the Rojiblanco supporters and it was evident when the player was whistled during the team’s recent outing against Elche.

It’s not that De Paul isn’t wanted by Simeone and his coaching staff. In fact, the manager has stressed the player’s importance but the club management is keen on sanctioning a sale only if a good offer comes along in January.

In that regard, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has claimed that several Italian teams, including Juventus, Inter, Milan, and Roma are keen on bringing the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner back to Italy.

The aforementioned outlet says de Paul’s current situation at Atletico is seen as a stepping stone for those in Italy mostly because the Rojiblanco fans do not want him to continue at the club.

It is being relayed that the Argentine’s performances for his club have not been satisfying and even his off-the-field antics have triggered them big time. 

One particular incident that every Atletico fan wants to point out is his escape to Miami to attend a musical gala when he had, in fact, taken permission to go away to deal with a family matter.

That was the final roll of the dice for the red-and-white fans. On top of everything, he also returned to club duties with a hamstring injury when a couple of days before he was celebrating becoming a world champion.

It must be remembered that De Paul moved to Atletico Madrid from Udinese for a fee reported to be around €35 million. So if any of the aforementioned suitors can at least match the figure, the team from the Spanish capital city might have no problem in parting ways.

Those interested in his acquisition truly understand that the 28-year-old’s relationship with the Atletico fans cannot be altered so a sale could be seen as a viable solution for everyone involved.

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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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