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Liverpool, Tottenham midfield target wants to join Atletico Madrid – report



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Sofyan Amrabat was one of the rising stars in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and a leading figure for Morocco in their dream run in the competition that saw them reach the semi-finals, only to be beaten by runners-up France.

Despite the disappointment in the semi-finals, clubs across Europe have already taken a closer look at some of the Moroccan stars, with Amrabat among the ones topping the list.

For much of the season, the Fiorentina midfielder has been closely linked with a move to Liverpool. The player’s entourage had already met Jurgen Klopp over the possibility of the midfielder’s potential move to Anfield in January.

In addition to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur were another Premier League giant keen on the services of Amrabat. In fact, the Lilywhites have been scouting the Fiorentina star for quite some time now and had considered him as an ideal partner for the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.

But according to Foot Mercato, Amrabat has other plans. It appears the Moroccan international wants to play in La Liga, and as such, he is considering a move to Atletico Madrid.

Amrabat is a huge admirer of Diego Simeone and had praised the Atleti coach publicly in the past. Even though Simeone’s future at the club has come under doubt lately, the player believes a move to Atletico could be the most logical move at this time of his career.

Aged 26, Amrabat has over 100 Serie A appearances under his belt. His ability to operate all across the central midfield, coupled with his work rate makes him an ideal option for Los Colchoneros as they look to refine their midfield department.

However, luring the Moroccan away from Fiorentina will not be a walk in the park. While the player is willing to snub better offers from the Premier League in favour of a move to Atleti, the Serie A outfit might not be on board with the move as they seek to squeeze out as much as they can from the sale.

Hence, it is now up to Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina to start the negotiations and reach an agreement over Amrabat’s potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano this month.

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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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