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Griezmann set to sign a contract with Atletico Madrid until 2027 on lower wages



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Antoine Griezmann has endured a difficult start to the new season at Atletico Madrid. On loan from Barcelona, the Frenchman was given scanty playing time by Simeone because the club did not wish to trigger the obligatory purchase clause.

The situation has resulted in a lose-lose situation for the parties involved. While the player has struggled to get minutes in a World Cup year, Los Rojiblancos have been unable to count on one of their best forwards.

Earlier today, it was reported that Barcelona and Atletico had reached an agreement for the player to move to Madrid at a reduced fee. The Blaugranas asked for a mere €20 million for the World Cup winner and an agreement seems to be in place.

According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, Griezmann’s permanent move is not the only good news for Los Rojiblancos’ faithful. The Frenchman is willing to extend his contract until 2027 and is also willing to lower his salary on the new contract.

Now, Diego Simeone will be able to count on the forward completely as the 45-minute playing time for 50% matches condition will no longer be in effect.

More importantly, the club now no longer risk losing him for a subsidised fee as he is committed to the red-and-white outfit for the next five years.

In 252 minutes in La Liga this season, the 31-year-old has scored two goals. Further, he also found the back of the net in Atleti’s dramatic win over Porto in the UEFA Champions League.

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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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