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Atletico Madrid striker set to stay at the club for next season

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Atletico Madrid have found themselves in a precarious position, as far as their attacking unit is concerned.

With Luis Suarez leaving the club at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, the club have been eyeing a viable goalscorer ahead of the new season.

However, Los Rojiblancos haven’t had much luck in their pursuit of a number nine, which has led to the club scouring for short-term options in the market.

Cristiano Ronaldo was among the players targeted by Atleti ahead of the new season, with the Manchester United superstar currently looking to leave Old Trafford in order to compete for the UEFA Champions League next season.

However, Atletico Madrid are facing financial roadblocks in their pursuit of Ronaldo, with the club currently dealing with a wage deficit. And with not much luck in their pursuit of other number nines, the club have informed Alvaro Morata to remain at Wanda Metropolitano.

This has been reported by Anton Meana (h/t Atletico Universe), who suggests the club have asked the player to stay beyond the summer, in light of their lack of depth in the goalscoring department.

Formerly of Chelsea, Morata is currently returning from his loan spell at Juventus. The Spaniard was widely expected to leave Atleti on a permanent deal, with many clubs across Europe gunning for his services.

However, it appears Morata may continue at Atleti next season, possibly serving as the first-choice goalscorer for Diego Simeone’s men.

Meana further suggests Atletico Madrid will not be able to sign Ronaldo, as the club are not in a position to afford Antoine Griezmann, Ronaldo and Morata.

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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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