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Manchester United rejected Atletico Madrid’s approach for defender – Romano



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The story of Joao Felix’s renewal and subsequent move to Chelsea has taken up the headline spaces across Madrid. Needless to say, the news has overshadowed the efforts of Atletico Madrid’s board on other fronts.

The centre-back position is one that the club see to be in need of urgent reinforcement, especially given the team’s underwhelming defensive numbers so far. Caglar Soyuncu has emerged as the primary target for Atletico Madrid, but he was not the only name on their list.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Los Rojiblancos also asked for Victor Lindelof’s services in recent weeks and saw the Manchester United star as a possible signing. However, Erik ten Hag’s side refused to sanction his departure, thus breaking the talks down.

The Swedish international faces stiff competition at Old Trafford with Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, and Harry Maguire all competing for two spots. Of the club’s five games since the restart of club football, Lindelof has played part in just two.

In his six Premier League appearances so far, he averages close to eight defensive actions per game but is yet to oversee a clean sheet.

Given his predicament at Old Trafford, Atletico Madrid approached Manchester United to ask about the possibility of a move in January. However, their enquiries were quickly dismissed by the Premier League giants.

With the 28-year-old’s name quickly taken off the table, Atletico Madrid took their search to Leicester with Soyuncu being identified as a key target.

The Turkish International will, in all likelihood, be a Rojiblanco next summer when his contract with the Foxes expires, but talks are on to discuss a possible move in January itself.

With one centre-back arriving at Civitas Metropolitano, Diego Simeone is prepared to let go of a defender to balance the books. Thus, Felipe is best placed to depart the club with Wolverhampton Wanderers in discussions over the Brazilian’s transfer.

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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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