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Leicester City defensive ace close to joining Atletico Madrid on a free transfer



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Fourteen games into the season, Atletico Madrid sit in fifth place on the La Liga table with seven wins and 24 points to their name.

Their start to the new campaign has been abysmal, to say the least, and is perfectly exemplified by their 13-point gap with the league leaders and their disastrous run in the UEFA Champions League.

Los Rojiblancos hold a reputation for being defensively sound and resilient. Yet, their record of fourteen goals conceded in as many league games does not quite reflect the same.

It is clear that the team’s defence is no longer as well-organised as in previous years. Recognising the void in his squad, Diego Simeone is said to be looking for defensive recruits, and Caglar Soyuncu is one of the names on that list.

According to reports from MARCA, the Turkish International is close to signing with Atletico Madrid. However, the club have not yet decided when to sign him.

As it stands, Soyuncu could well join the Madrid-based side only in the summer once his contract runs out. He would thus be available on a free deal, a situation Atletico Madrid wish to exploit.

However, the youngster may join as early as the coming winter window if two centre-backs depart in the coming weeks. Felipe and Mario Hermoso have both been linked with exits, and the aforementioned scenario may be as unrealistic as one expects and would involve a small fee.

Atletico Madrid has an edge over any Premier League club wishing to sign the player as he can only sign a pre-contract with a non-Premier League side until his deal runs out in June. 

Soyuncu has only started one league game for Leicester City this season, and it is clear that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t fancy his services. Needless to say, a switch to Madrid could do the trick given Diego Simeone’s excellent record at nurturing defenders.

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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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