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New details from Antoine Griezmann’s Atletico transfer revealed

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When Antoine Griezmann announced his departure for Barcelona, the streets of Madrid erupted in disbelief. His decision was not taken well by the fans, and it seemed impossible to even imagine the Frenchman at Atletico Madrid again.

Though his spell in Catalonia was not a complete failure, he did not justify the price tag or wages associated with his name.

Since his return to Atletico Madrid, he has not settled in too well.

He has started 19 games for Diego Simeone’s side, scoring three goals and providing two assists. Though his numbers may not be extraordinary, he has been vital to the setup through his work rate and his ability to carry the ball forward.

According to reports from Ruben Uria (h/t Atletico Universe), Atletico Madrid doesn’t need to pay the €40 million fee to Barcelona this summer and make his move permanent.

The obligatory purchase clause is only activated if his loan is extended for another season and is he plays more than 50% of the official matches he is available in.

This comes as a big relief to Los Rojiblancos as it opens up multiple possibilites in the transfer market. The club see the defence as a position that needs urgent reinforcement, and can now look to spend more funds on that objective.

It remains to be seen if Simeone’s side extend Griezmann’s loan for another season. However, if his prominence in the team till now is anything to go by, it seems that he will stay at the Wanda next season.

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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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