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Manchester City interested in 24-year-old Atletico Madrid defender



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The arrival of Reinildo Mandava at Atletico Madrid in the last winter transfer window provided Diego Simeone with a new option at left-back. The Mozambique international initially played as a backup to Renan Lodi, but eventually stole the limelight.

As the season progressed, Lodi’s importance in the team reduced. The manager tried various formulae to integrate the Brazilian as a midfielder, but none clicked in the long term.

And he could now be on his way out as, according to reports from The Telegraph, Manchester City are interested in signing the Lodi from Atletico Madrid.

This is not the first the Premier League champions have been interested in Lodi, for it was reported that the club made a staggering €50 million offer for the 24-year-old Brazilian in 2020.

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s move to Arsenal has now once again opened up a vacancy in the Man City squad at left-back. Pep Guardiola sees the Atletico Madrid full-back as the ideal replacement for the departed Ukrainian.

If Lodi’s primary concern in Madrid is lack of playing time, a move to City may not be the right solution. The Premier League champions have a world-class operator in Joao Cancelo, who has excelled at left-back despite being a right-back, and displacing him would be close to impossible.

Lodi’s contract at Wanda Metropolitano sees him at the club until the summer of 2025. Three years remain on his deal and Atletico Madrid are under no pressure to sell him.

Last season, the Brazilian made 29 league appearances for the Atleti scoring two goals and providing two assists. However, he only started 13 of those 29 appearances.

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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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