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Atletico Madrid set to face defeat in pursuit of 19-year-old Argentine prodigy

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With Koke showing signs of slowing down and there being question marks over the future of Rodrigo De Paul, Atletico Madrid will have to dip their toes into the market for reinforcements in midfield.

And according to reports in Portugal, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Argentine prospect Mateo Tanlongo, who plays for Rosario Central, was a player on Atletico Madrid’s radar.

But the same report quotes an update from Fabrizio Romano, stating that the 19-year-old is set to join Portuguese giants Sporting CP, meaning Atletico will miss out on the capture of Tanlongo.

Just 19 years of age, the pivot midfielder has been earning rave reviews for his performances back in Argentina. He has already made 36 senior appearances for Rosario Central and also has one cap for Argentina’s Under-20 national team.

A defensive midfielder primarily, Tanlongo has shown that he can play in a slightly more advanced role in the middle of the park as well.

Atletico Madrid had shown an interest in the teenage prospect, which is understandable as Koke’s form has been declining while Rodrigo De Paul’s future is uncertain. Geoffrey Kondogbia has also endured an inconsistent campaign thus far.

So, Los Rojiblancos could benefit from adding some fresh faces in their midfield unit to revitalise it.

With that in mind, Tanlongo could have been a handy addition, more so considering that he would arrive on a free transfer in January as his contract with Rosario Central expires on December 31.

But, it seems like Diego Simeone’s side will miss out on the 19-year-old, who is bound to join Sporting CP on a Bosman deal.

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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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