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Atletico Madrid will look to sell Frenchman in the summer if he does not renew – report

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It could be an interesting summer ahead for Atletico Madrid. In what has been an underwhelming campaign so far, the Spanish champions must strengthen their squad if they are to continue fighting for the title next season and do well in the UEFA Champions League.

Atleti have been already linked with a multitude of star players across Europe. At the same time, many players could leave the club as well, as part of Diego Simeone’s potential overhaul.

According to a report from Eldesmarque, one of the players in contention to leave Wanda Metropolitano is Thomas Lemar. Atleti will look to offload him should he not renew his current contract.

The Frenchman is the second most expensive signing in the club’s history, joining from Monaco in 2018, for a staggering fee of €72 million.

Four years into his spell at Atleti, the move hasn’t paid off for Simeone as the player has struggled to settle into his new surroundings and has been largely underwhelming in terms of his performances, especially in his first two seasons at the club.

In addition to a lack of form, Lemar has been unlucky with injuries. He has spent countless spells on the sidelines, mostly due to a recurring muscle problem.

While the former Monaco starlet did play a vital role in helping Atletico Madrid win the league title last season, his form has dissipated in the ongoing campaign, with the playmaker earning only 17 starts in the league so far.

Lemar has fallen behind Yannick Carrasco in the pecking order, and with his contract expiring at the end of next season, Atletico Madrid are likely to offload him in the summer.

It appears Los Colchoneros want to recoup a fraction of the €72 million they had spent on the player four years ago before the Frenchman enters the final year of his contract.

Lemar will not be the only player leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, though, with Simeone also keen on offloading a few other unwanted stars in the team, in an attempt to balance the books.

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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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