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Atletico Madrid star could consider summer exit, hints father: “He wants to play”



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Speaking to RBTF (h/t Fabrizio Romano), Thierry Witsel, the father of Atletico Madrid star Axel Witsel, has claimed that the midfielder could consider leaving the club if his game-time does not improve.

Witsel arrived at Atletico Madrid last summer, joining as a free agent after his contract with Borussia Dortmund expired.

The veteran Belgian signed a one-year contract with the club with an option for another twelve months which was triggered after he made a certain number of appearances for the Rojiblancos this term.

However, of late, Witsel has not been playing all too regularly under Diego Simeone, starting just one of Atletico’s last six La Liga matches.

Given the situation, the player does not seem to be too happy according to his father, and could consider an exit if things do not improve.

“Axel didn’t live well with being benched, he wants to play — he trains at top level. Axel has requested a meeting with Simeone as he’s not happy,” Thierry Witsel said.

“If he doesn’t play enough, we will consider other options.”

Witsel has played 30 times across all competitions for Atletico Madrid, registering one assist in the process. Simeone has used him at centre-back on occasions, especially in the first half of the campaign, when he demonstrated good levels.

While his contract may have been extended until 2024, it remains to be seen whether Witsel fulfills it or decides to jump on a new adventure in the summer.

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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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