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Atletico Madrid president responds to Rodrigo de Paul’s exit rumours



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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has affirmed that the team is happy with Rodrigo de Paul while admitting that he is not aware of the interest his player has generated in recent times.

De Paul, 28, has seen some torrid times of late, especially after a photo of him at a music event in Miami surfaced. The image was controversial because the player had taken time off for personal reasons, as his father was ill.

The Argentina international even returned late to club duties and, as a result, was not called up for the league game against Sevilla. So as his behaviour starts to dwindle his Atletico career, reports regarding Milan and Juventus’ interest have surfaced.

While addressing the same, however, Cerezo said that the team is happy with the 28-year-old’s services and there are absolutely no problems between the parties involved.

“Rodrigo de Paul for sale? We don’t know anything about it. De Paul is a good player, he’s from Atlético de Madrid, we’re happy with him”, told Radio Del Plata (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

“We don’t have any problems, there can’t even be any doubts,” he added.

It must be remembered that it is not the first time Cerezo has defended de Paul. Only a few days back, the club president addressed the question as to why the Argentine was not playing much for the team.

“Nobody has argued that this is not one of the figures of the Argentine national team even though he has been a few weeks without playing. I don’t know why he hasn’t played. We have a coach who basically defines and decides who has to play,” Cerezo had said.

“The other day I didn’t see De Paul, but I wasn’t surprised. There are many games and he rotates. The manager is the one who takes this solution.”

Interestingly enough, despite the off-field issues, de Paul has returned to the starting roles, having appeared in the playing XI in each of his team’s last two matches.

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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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