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Atletico Madrid superstar set to stay at club for at least another season – report



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From David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois to Jan Oblak now, the gloves have been well represented at Atletico Madrid. Oblak, particularly, has proven to be a leader through his consistent performances for Los Rojiblancos and established himself as one of the world’s best in the process.

According to reports from MARCA, Oblak will stay at the club for at least one more season. His contract renewal is open, but still far from being sealed. Nevertheless, the club are working hard to secure an agreement.

However, the Slovenian international seemed lost for the first time last season. He averaged a mere 1.7 saves per game, which was statistically the lowest of any La Liga keeper. Moreover, he only managed 12 clean sheets in the league.

In 2019, Oblak signed a four-year extension with the club, which would see him at the club until 2023. The pressure is now on Atletico Madrid to extend his contract or engineer a departure this summer for there is less than 12 months left on his deal.

There is no solid backup to the Slovenian in the squad at the moment. The only other goalkeeper on Diego Simeone’s side is Benjamin Lecomte, who is set to return to Monaco later this month.

If the club cannot agree on a renewal, the risk of losing Oblak on a free transfer looms. However, a large part of the negotiations will depend on the player’s form early next season.

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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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