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Atletico Madrid scout 17-year-old Brazilian attacking prodigy



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It goes without saying that Brazil is a hotbed of young talents, hence it comes as no surprise that many Spanish teams send their scouts to unearth the hidden gems. As it turns out, the latest team to enter the fray is Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

According to AS, the representatives of the Rojiblanco team were present at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba this week to make a report on a certain Vitor Roque, who plays for Athletico Paranaense.

The 17-year-old scored a goal in a 3-0 win against Botafogo to finish the league campaign with five goals to this name. Interestingly enough, Atletico weren’t the only team who had sent their scouts, with AS reporting that representatives from Benfica, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also present at the venue.

Roque has been one of the standout performers at the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A. He is described by his manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, as someone who “is a precocious talent” and “one of the greatest Brazilian talents due to his quality and his desire to succeed.”

At just 17 years of age, Roque has shown immense potential as he has good control over his movements and shots. “I’m right-footed, but I scored almost all my goals with my left or my head. On the field I consider myself a great fighter,” he defines himself.

As mentioned above, Atletico are not the only team keeping an eye on the teenager and the presence of Barcelona could hinder their chances big time. 

As reported before that any team that wants to acquire his services has been told to shell out anywhere between €35-40 million. On top of everything, given that he will only turn 18 in February next year, the teams can only strike an early agreement for now and then wait to release the official papers.

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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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