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Inter Milan reignite interest in exit-linked Atletico Madrid midfielder

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Rodrigo de Paul is one of the few players whose future is undecided at Atletico Madrid. Neither are the management so convinced by his impact as to confirm his stay, nor are they let down to push for his departure.

At the moment, his future seems to be more at Atletico Madrid than away from it though nothing can be said for sure. According to reports from MARCA, de Paul’s future is in jeopardy.

Inter Milan have been fans of the midfielder for a long time now and are said to have revived their interest in the Argentine.

Though Atletico’s initial idea was for him to stay at the club, the market could bring about a 180-degree turn in their transfer plans should the right offer arrive.

De Paul joined Los Rojiblancos in July from Udinese for a €40 million fee. Several European supergiants were said to have been interested in his signing, but the player saw his future under Diego Simeone.

Despite a bright start at his new club, the Argentine quickly fell out of favour and started spending more time on the bench than he would have liked to.

The 27-year-old has only started 22 La Liga games for the red-and-white of Madrid, scoring two goals and providing one assist. He averages 1.4 key passes per game and has created seven big chances.

Defensively, he has not been spectacular either. de Paul averages only 0.5 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, 0.5 clearances, and four duels won per ninety minutes.

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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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