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La Liga striker ‘would like to play’ for Atletico Madrid, confirms father



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The saga of Joao Felix and Atletico Madrid came to a temporary end on Tuesday through an impending loan move to Chelsea.The news of a possible switch to the Premier League had been doing the rounds for a few weeks, and Atleti can claim to have got a blockbuster deal.

His six-month loan stint will see the London-based side pay €11 million for his services in addition to covering his full wages.

Having lost one of their best play-making forwards, Los Rojiblancos see it as the right time to sign a replacement. One of the names mentioned as a possible target is Enes Unal.

The Turkish International’s father spoke to AS recently, confirming the rumours about Diego Simeone’s side being interested in his signing while stating that the striker would like to make the switch.

“Enes would like to play for Atlético de Madrid. I know about Atleti’s interest, it’s not something new because they were also interested last summer.”

He then revealed that the Spanish giants would have to make a move fast, stating that there was a very narrow window for Unal.

“If Getafe does not receive an offer before the end of this week, it will be impossible because they would need time to sign a replacement.”

The 25-year-old has been amongst Getafe’s best players this season. In 16 La Liga games, he has scored four goals and provided three assists. 

The other, and perhaps more probable choice to replace Felix is Memphis Depay. The Dutchman has seen little action under Xavi Hernandez at Barcelona this season and would welcome a move away with guaranteed minutes.

However, it remains to be seen if the Catalans give away their winger to a direct opponent.

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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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