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Atletico Madrid reject three separate €40 million offers for trio – report

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After an underwhelming run across competitions last season, Atletico Madrid aim to bounce back stronger in 2022/23. It is safe to say that of the three giants in La Liga, Los Colchoneros have made the most dominant start to the new season.

A 3-0 win over Getafe sees them atop the La Liga table with the joint highest goal difference. Needless to say, the club do not plan to part ways with any of their players as they look to assemble a formidable squad.

According to AS, Los Rojiblancos rejected three blockbuster offers in recent days. They turned down a €40 million proposal from Manchester United for Matheus Cunha and declined the same amount from Juventus and Chelsea for Alvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente, respectively.

Morata starred in the team’s win over Getafe, scoring two goals this past weekend. Interestingly, Juventus had a €35 million purchase clause on his loan deal last season that expired.

Llorente too started on the night in midfield and played until the hour mark. The Spaniard has grown into one of the club’s most vital players under Simeone and will be crucial this season.

While Cunha played just 11 minutes in the league opener, the manager rates the Brazilian highly and has spoken about giving him more opportunities this season. It is not surprising that he outright declined the chance to join United.

It has also been reported that Atletico Madrid rejected a €130 million offer from the Red Devils to sign Joao Felix. If anything, this is the sign of a team willing to put everything on the line to win on all fronts.

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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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