The final stretch of the transfer window is here, and Atletico Madrid continue to remain in the headlines for various reasons.
Earlier this week, Los Rojiblancos were on the move to secure the signature of Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham Hotspur and were reported to have made rapid progress, after sanctioning a loan exit for Renan Lodi.
Now, the focus turns on Yannick Carrasco. The Belgian International is on the radar of several Premier League clubs, most notably Tottenham, and Los Colchoneros are under pressure to take a stance on his future.
According to reports from MARCA, the Spanish capital club do not have any intention of negotiating the winger’s exit. To all the interested parties, they point to the €60 million release clause and will not accept a dime less.
Carrasco is crucial to Diego Simeone’s plans and has played 153 minutes so far this season in just three La Liga games. It is not surprising that the manager is unwilling to contemplate the Belgian’s transfer.
Last season, the 28-year-old made 34 league appearances for Los Rojiblancos, scoring six goals and providing as many assists in the process. Defensively, he averaged over seven actions per game.
The Belgian’s contract with the club sees him at the Civitas Metropolitano until the summer of 2024. Given that two more years remain on his deal and that he is a regular player under Simeone, Atletico have his situation well under control.
The recent moves of Rodri to Manchester City and Thomas Partey to Arsenal make one believe that Premier League clubs do not mind shelling out a premium for their targets.
Whether the same story repeats itself with Carrasco remains to be seen as Tottenham seem interested in a last-minute swoop for the Belgian international
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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