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Gerard Pique will not leave Barcelona for Atletico Madrid in January – report



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Gerard Pique’s difficult situation at Barcelona attracted Atletico Madrid’s interest recently, but as it turns out, the chances of the defender signing for the team are next to impossible as he will not move from the Catalan city in January, reports Diario SPORT.

Diego Simeone is said to be dissatisfied with the performances of the likes of Stefan Savic, Felipe, Mario Hermoso and Jose Maria Gimenez this season. On top of that, none of the players have had great luck with injuries either.

Given the issues, Simeone passed the running idea of going for Pique in the January transfer window. This way, the Argentine tactician would have a seasoned first-team defender and as for Barcelona, it would allow them to reduce their wage bill.

There are reports that Barcelona are extensively working on reducing their first-team salaries. The exits of club captains, including Pique, are expected to be the catalysts ahead of the 2023-24 season.

The 35-year-old has endured a difficult time this season, appearing in a solitary La Liga fixture so far. But, as things stand, he has no desire to leave Barça for Atletico Madrid in January as he still hopes to show that he could be a useful component at Spotify Camp Nou.

In all fairness, this remains a perfect opportunity for the veteran especially since Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde are set to miss several weeks of action. This creates space for Pique to work his way back into the Barcelona setup

Hence, for now, Pique to Atletico Madrid remains a far-fetched dream in the first place, mostly because will not leave Barcelona in January.

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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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