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Atletico Madrid ‘regret’ not selling misfiring forward in the summer window – report



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It has not been a great season for Yannick Ferreira Carrasco so far. The Belgian international was one of the key players for Atletico Madrid last season, but the wide attacker has struggled to replicate his form this time around.

In 13 competitive matches, Carrasco has scored only one goal so far, which has coincided with Atletico Madrid’s shortcomings in the attacking unit.

Indeed, Carrasco has not been able to help out the team with his attacking runs out wide. His lack of productivity has also been an issue and overall, he is only a shadow of the player he once was two years ago, when he helped Atletico Madrid win the league title.

In light of his poor performances, more than one figure at Atletico Madrid now regrets not selling Carrasco in the summer, when they had the opportunity to offload him for a lucrative fee, reports MARCA.

The report suggests Carrasco had a €60 million release clause embedded in his contract in the summer. Tottenham Hotspur were one of the clubs considering a move for the Belgian international. However, the move did not materialise and the player ended up remaining at Wanda Metropolitano.

But the Atletico Madrid camp now believes not selling Carrasco in the summer was a huge mistake, as they had the opportunity to generate sizable revenue.

Carrasco’s poor form has not helped either, with the winger already losing his place as an established starter in Diego Simeone’s setup. The player’s role in the team could dwindle further following the permanent signing of Antoine Griezmann.

Atletico are also sounding out the market for potential attacking reinforcements, so it will not come as a surprise to see Carrasco being offloaded in the upcoming January transfer window either.

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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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