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Morocco midfielder reacts to Atletico Madrid rumours, reveals admiration for Simeone



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Speaking in an interview with MARCA, Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat has admitted that he is honoured to be linked with clubs like Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The 26-year-old Fiorentina ace also revealed that he respects Rojiblancos’ manager Diego Simeone a lot.

Amrabat has been one of the breakout stars at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The midfielder, along with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Yassine Bounou and Achraf Hakimi, have been key to Morocco’s progress to the semi-finals of the tournament.

The African nation will be facing reigning world champions France later tonight in the semi-finals to book a date with Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the grand finale this weekend.

Amrabat’s displays during the course of Morocco’s run at the World Cup has seen him attract admirers in the form of Barcelona as well as Atletico Madrid. And reacting to those rumours, the 26-year-old Fiorentina ace said:

“It’s a great honour to be linked with such clubs. Right now I am playing for Fiorentina. I have a lot of respect for my club, it’s a great team.

“I have a great coach and a great relationship with the owner Rocco Commisso, who brought me to Fiorentina, and also with Joe Barone (General Manager of the club) and Daniele Prade (Sporting Director). I have a lot of respect for them and for the club.”

Talking about Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, Amrabat added: “I have a great coach at Fiorentina. I don’t like to talk about others. But yes, what Simeone does, what he has achieved….

“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”

With Koke not getting any younger and there being question marks over the future of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Atletico Madrid could be in need of a new midfielder. Whether the links to Amrabat lead to anything substantial will be interesting to see.

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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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