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Exit-linked left-back set to continue at Atletico Madrid next season

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Throughout the summer transfer window, the future of Renan Lodi at Atletico Madrid has been unclear. While one could make a strong use case for his presence at the Wanda Metropolitano, an equally strong argument could be made favouring his departure.

Gustavo Hofman of ESPN via AS reveals that the player’s entourage met with the club’s administration yesterday. In the meeting that ensued, it was clarified that Diego Simeone continues to trust the player and will count on him for the upcoming season.

This puts to bed all the rumours suggestive of Lodi’s departure. Newcastle United and Juventus were said to be interested in the left-back earlier in the window but will now have to scout alternative targets.

The Brazilian was an integral part of Simeone’s set-up in the first half of last season, but his importance began to dwindle after the arrival of Reinildo in January.

With Lodi’s position as a left-back under direct threat, the manager opted to utilise him as a wingback for the remainder of last season. Yet, it now seems like Yannick Carrasco and Molina are preferred by the manager in that position.

Heading into a new season, Simeone may look to utilise Lodi’s services in rotation with Reinildo at left-back. Yet, that is all speculation and it remains to be seen what the Argentine coach has in his mind.

Last season, the 24-year-old made 29 league appearances for Los Rojiblancos but started only 13 of them. In his 1189 minutes, he scored two goals and provided two assists for the men in red-and-white.

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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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