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Atletico Madrid want Premier League star to replace Manchester United, Tottenham target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered an update on the future of Jan Oblak. Despite speculations ringing around the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper signing a contract extension until 2028, he remains a top target for multiple Premier League clubs.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs targeting a move for Oblak in 2023.

Man United are targeting Oblak as a direct replacement for David de Gea, who could leave Old Trafford in the summer. Tottenham, too, are targeting the Atleti goalkeeper as a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris, who is in the final phase of his career..

Atletico Madrid, for their part, have started their search for a replacement for Oblak. They are reportedly keen on the services of Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa.

The former Arsenal starlet has been performing at the top of his game ever since his move to Villa Park a few years ago. He has established himself as a first-team regular for the Argentine national team, notably helping the country lift the Copa America title in 2021.

Martinez’s consistent performances at the club level have also made him one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. As such, he has emerged as Atletico Madrid’s desired option to replace Oblak.

Martinez had extended his contract with Villa earlier in the year and his deal at the club does not expire until 2027. Hence, the goalkeeper could cost a fortune, as far as Atletico Madrid are concerned.

However, it will not come as a surprise to see the Argentine international pushing for a move to Atletico Madrid, as he could look to team up with his fellow countryman Diego Simeone.

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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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