All of a sudden, Atletico Madrid find themselves in the hunt for a quality winger heading into next season. The confirmed exit of Luis Suarez and the rumoured departure of Angel Correa leaves Diego Simeone with few options in the final third.
The club are looking for a player who can fit into Los Rojiblancos’ style of play with ease, but prefer a young player over a veteran. According to reports from MARCA, Atletico Madrid were offered the signing of Angel Di Maria but rejected the proposal.
The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta was said to be unconvinced of the move mainly because of the player’s age and salary. Moreover, the signing of Samuel Lino also was a big factor in rejecting the Argentine star.
Di Maria made 26 Ligue 1 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain in the recently concluded season, scoring five goals and providing seven assists in the process. He averaged 2.1 key passes per game and created a whopping 14 big chances.
His contract in Paris ends in June, and the player has no intention of renewing his deal. Earlier this week, PSG confirmed that their star winger would be leaving as a free agent come the summer transfer window.
At 34 years of age, one would assume that the Argentine’s best years are past him. In addition to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus were offered his services too in recent weeks. However, the Catalans turned down the offer, while the Italians are still said to be having second thoughts.
Samuel Lino is set to arrive at the Wanda Metropolitano in June after completing his six-month loan spell at Gil Vincente. While he is a relatively new name in the European top flight, the manager will back the player to take up responsibility on the wing come next season.
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