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Atletico Madrid winger staring at an uncertain future with January window looming



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Yannick Carrasco has been one of the biggest disappointments at Atletico Madrid over the past few months or so.

Once revered as one of the most important players in the squad, the Belgian international has become nothing more than a liability in the current setup, with the attacker often struggling with form throughout this season.

Carrasco’s poor performances have reflected in his status in the team, as the player has started in only eight league matches this season, scoring only once.

Even in the World Cup, his performances were underwhelming. He could only make two appearances in the tournament for Belgium, who grossly underperformed and were knocked out of the group stages.

His struggles have led to questions about his future, with a recent report from MARCA suggesting that Carrasco may even leave Atletico Madrid in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Belgian’s current contract at Wanda Metropolitano does not expire until 2024. He reportedly has a release clause worth €60 million embedded in the deal. The club, therefore, are facing an uphill task to get rid of the attacker, knowing very few clubs will be willing to pay that amount.

In any case, Atletico are believed to be open to considering offers for Carrasco in January and may even sanction a sale if any good offer comes across. The Belgian, after all, has not been listed among the club’s most important players that could become the future core of the team.

Carrasco, for his part, had declined a couple of offers from the Premier League in the summer. But his stance has shifted to an extent, and with the January market just around the corner, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the versatile winger.

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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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