Rodrigo De Paul has a history of disciplinary problems, but the most recent of them has seen him attract a lot of criticism. Having been given permission to visit his ill father on the day Atletico Madrid faced Sevilla, the midfielder was spotted attending a gala in Miami.
Diego Simeone casually put down all questions related to the Argentine’s actions, but it is very clear that the club are unhappy with the midfielder.
Given his volatile situation at Atletico Madrid, there is a real possibility of him departing Spain in the upcoming January transfer window. The club see his departure as a way to control the bleeding, while De Paul could look at it as a chance to start fresh.
According to reports from MARCA, Juventus and AC Milan are interested in the Argentine’s services and are keeping tabs on his situation. Los Rojiblancos would be willing to negotiate and talks over a transfer could accelerate in the coming weeks.
However, one must not forget that the FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and could turn the tables completely.
If the player progresses deep into the tournament with Argentina, who are one of the favourites, his market value will see a steep rise. Moreover, Simeone may not wish to part ways with the midfielder in such a scenario.
De Paul’s complicated situation is a result of his poor professionalism during Atletico Madrid’s clash against Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan. This is not the first time he has been reprimanded for his conduct.
Since arriving at the Civitas Metropolitano last year, the 28-year-old De Paul has played 57 times, scoring five goals and setting up three more. While he had been seen as a valuable player by Simeone, the recent controversy could see him get pushed out of the club.
Having succeeded at Udinese before joining Atletico, a return to familiar surroundings in Italy could appeal to the Argentine 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