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La Liga striker responds to Atletico Madrid transfer links: “Nothing to talk about”



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Atletico Madrid are likely to make some tweaks to their squad in the upcoming January transfer window, with a new striker likely to be on top of director Andrea Berta’s agenda.

Considering that Los Rojiblancos have parted ways with Matheus Cunha and are looking to offload Joao Felix as well in January, they will be needing another forward to support the likes of Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann.

And Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias has emerged as a transfer target for Atletico Madrid.

The 29-year-old has been with Los Verdiblancos since 2019 and is a critical player in Manuel Pellegrini’s setup. He has netted eight goals this season in La Liga and is said to be admired greatly by Diego Simeone, who will be keen on adding another No. 9 at his disposal.

Iglesias, who was surprisingly not called up for the FIFA World Cup 2022 by ex-Spain boss Luis Enrique, was asked about Atletico Madrid’s interest in him ahead of the January window in a recent interview.

Responding to the question, as quoted by El Chiringuito (h/t Mundo Deportivo), he said: “As of today I have nothing to talk about. I’m focused on Betis, on Thursday, on enjoying our fans again, on our stadium, and on winning.”

“How many of these things have we already experienced? We have to give it normality and be calm. I’m happy here and if at some point I have to talk, I’ll talk. No problem. We have joked about the situation and that’s it. Without giving it any importance,” he added.

Iglesias iterated that he is very happy at Real Betis and is not going to get involved in the transfer speculations, saying:

“I have always felt very loved. I’m very happy here and I’m grateful for that affection because I’m happy here. I have nothing to say about all this. I have little to contribute in this situation for now.”

While Atletico may be interested in Iglesias, his contract with Real Betis runs until 2026. So, it might not come as a surprise to see Los Verdiblancos demand a significant sum for his services. Further, Los Colchoneros must first part ways with Felix before they can think of signing Iglesias.

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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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