Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were expected to be on hostile terms after the pact of non-aggression was broken, but the situation has evolved to a whole new level in recent weeks.
The arrival of Iker Bravo into the picture has seen sparks re-ignite between the two sides. Both clubs are trying to secure the striker’s services, and the race could boil down to the final day of the window.
According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Los Rojiblancos are not ready to go down without a fight. Diego Simeone’s side have upped their offer for the Bayer Leverkusen forward in view of their neighbours’ sudden entry into the race.
The German club are willing to send Bravo on a two-season loan with a purchase clause. While the fee for the loan will be a mere €1 million, it would cost the interested party €15 million to make his signing permanent.
Both the Madrid clubs do not intend to use the Spaniard’s services for the first team initially. Bravo will play for the academy in his first season before hopefully switching to the first division on merit.
The 17-year-old is seen as the future replacement for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. However, he could see a more immediate role in the first team with Diego Simeone as Atletico Madrid are still shuffling with their attacking lineup.
The youngster did not play a big part in Leverkusen’s first team last season but was a constant figure in the young team dynamics. While he certainly lacks experience, he has a ton of potential, which both clubs from the Spanish capital realise.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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