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Atletico Madrid pushing to land Premier League defender in January – Romano

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Caglar Soyuncu was a regular starter for Leicester City for over three seasons before suddenly falling out of favour in 2022/23. Apart from his 72 minutes against Manchester City in October, the centre-back has not played a single game in the Premier League this season.

Atletico Madrid thus consider his situation to be an ideal market opportunity and aim to incorporate him into their squad, especially with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Los Rojiblancos have virtually sealed an agreement with the Turkish International that will see him arrive at Civitas Metropolitano in June. However, the club are pushing to make a move in January possible.

Diego Simeone’s side will hold talks with Leicester in the coming days with the player’s permission and discuss a winter move. With the player clearly out of favour under Brendan Rogers, and his contract expiring, a move could be in the interest of both clubs.

Simeone’s men have struggled defensively this season with Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic struggling with injuries, while Felipe and Mario Hermoso have been poor and inconsistent. With either of the latter two likely to be sold, a new defender is a necessity.

Last season, Soyuncu was a mainstay in Leicester City’s backline and started 28 league games for the team. In that duration, he oversaw five clean sheets and scored one goal. 

Defensively, he put in good shifts for his side averaging a tackle, two interceptions, four clearances and six duels won per game. Needless to say, his work rate could go a long way in facilitating his adaptation to Atletico Madrid’s system.

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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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