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Atletico Madrid striker rejects Manchester United – report

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Manchester United’s despicable situation in the transfer market is understandable. The Red Devils have endured a terrible start to their new era under Erik Ten Hag and seem to be in shambles at multiple levels.

The Premier League club lost their opening two league games including a 4-0 thrashing away to Brentford. Several players have rejected United’s approaches this summer, including Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, and there is now a new addition to that list.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Matheus Cunha has responded to the proposal from Manchester with a resounding no. Moreover, Atletico Madrid also are said to have communicated that they have no intention of parting ways with the Brazilian.

United were reportedly ready to offer €50 million for the striker’s services, but the Spanish side demanded that the player’s release clause be triggered, a figure believed to be upwards of the proposed fee.

Cunha is happy under Diego Simeone’s management and is willing to fight for a starting spot this season.

Though the Brazilian saw only ten minutes of action against Getafe in the league opener, it is clear that the manager trusts him as he was given Luis Suarez’s #9 jersey ahead of the season.

The youngster joined Atletico Madrid from Hertha Berlin in 2021 for a fee of €26 million. His deal with the Spanish side sees him at Wanda Metropolitano until June 2026.

The 23-year-old scored six goals and provided four years in 29 La Liga appearances last season. Given that the season is long and challenging, there is little doubt that Cunha will see s lot of minutes this campaign.

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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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