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Daniel Wass opens up about Atletico Madrid winter move: “Something you can’t say no to”

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Kieran Trippier was Diego Simeone’s go-to right-back last season and at the beginning of the current season. The Englishman had developed his game under the Argentine tactician and turned into one of the world’s best full-backs during his stay at Atletico Madrid.

However, Trippier left the club in the winter transfer market as he chose a move to Newcastle United. To fill the void left by the full-back, Simeone opted to sign Daniel Wass from Valencia.

The two parties reached an agreement at a figure of €3 million, and Wass subsequently signed a contract with Los Rojiblancos for 18 months. However, there is an option to extend until 2024.

Speaking about his move to Atletico Madrid, Wass recently revealed that he did not expect it. The Danish international was preparing a move back to his home country, but could not refute the chance to play under Simeone when the offer eventually arrived.

“I had the idea that I’d return to Brøndby this summer, so that I could finish my career there. But when Atleti’s offer came, I think everyone saw that it was something I really wanted, and my family could also see that Atlético is something you can’t say no to.”

Since his move to Madrid, Wass has only played one game which was his start against Barcelona. After his appearance at Camp Nou, the Dane suffered a ligament injury that kept him out for over a month.

Most recently, he started on the bench for the team’s games against Alaves, Manchester City, and Mallorca.

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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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