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Bayern Munich defender open to joining Atletico Madrid in the future



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Atletico Madrid’s youth academy has produced several stars over the years, but very few can claim to have taken the world of football by storm as Lucas Hernandez did. In 2019, the defender left Los Rojiblancos to join Bayern Munich and there has been no looking back ever since.

Earlier this week, the World Cup winner was quizzed by COPE about various aspects of his professional career. The Frenchman spoke a lot about his roots at Atletico Madrid and his growth as a player.

The centre-back was first asked if he would ever consider returning to his former club given the chance. To this, he replied (h/t MARCA):

“If one day the option arises to return to Atlético, why not? I would like it to happen. It’s a nice thing.”

Hernandez then went on to elaborate as to why the Colchoneros were so close to his heart and said that he would always be fond of the team.

“Atletico Madrid is the club that has given me everything. I started a youth player there and have always been fond of this team. Since I left, I have wished them the best.”

Finally, the centre-back accredited his current success at Bayern Munich to the faith shown in him by his previous club and expressed his gratitude.

“That I am now in Bayern Munich is partly thanks to Atletico. They bet on me since I was a child and gave me everything.”

Hernandez has been injured for close to a month after he suffered a tear in his left adductor in his team’s 2-0 win over Barcelona. As it stands, it is not known if he will make it in time to play in Qatar and defend his nation’s World Cup title.

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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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