Carlos Soler has been one of the few players in La Liga that has been at the same club for a long time.
The 25-year-old has been at Valencia for over 17 years. After a steady ascent up the ranks of the club, he made his debut for Los Che in 2016 and has not looked back since.
However, with the club heading closer to regression than progression, the player is said to be willing to accept a change of scenery. Given his brilliant track record in La Liga so far, several clubs are said to be keeping tabs on his contractual status.
According to reports from Javier Dias of Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are very attentive to Soler’s situation. Moreover, the club are willing to include a player in a swap deal to bring the midfielder to Madrid.
Daniel Wass is reportedly the prime candidate to make the switch back to Mestalla in exchange for Soler. Yet, there are several other players in Simeone’s setup who could be used as bargaining cards too.
In 28 starts for Los Che in the recently concluded season, Soler scored 11 goals and provided five assists. Further, he averaged 1.7 key passes per game and created five big chances.
Valencia have set a price tag of around €20 million on their prized asset, a figure that is considered a bargain. Atletico Madrid will push for his incorporation in the summer but will face stiff competition from Barcelona.
Earlier this week, Los Rojiblancos’ midfielder Koke spoke about Soler and said that the Spaniard would have little trouble fitting into Simeone’s dynamics.
“Carlos Soler would fit into Atlético, for his style of football, for his character and for how he competes, for the characteristics he has, he would fit into Atlético de Madrid.”
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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