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Newcastle United have entered talks to sign Atletico Madrid defender in the summer



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Atletico Madrid plan a massive revamp in the coming summer, with several signings in key positions expected to be made. However, there will be an equal number of departures from the club including some of the star players.

Hector Herrera is one player whose departure from Madrid has been confirmed. However, Luis Suarez, Thomas Lemar, and Sime Vrsaljko are a few of the names that the management could look to cash in on in June.

One key player in Diego Simeone’s setup whose departure seems to be a possibility is Renan Lodi.

According to reports from Andre Hernan (h/t Atletico Universe), the Brazilian international could leave Los Rojiblancos in the upcoming summer transfer window. The club best placed to secure his signing at the moment are Newcastle United.

Talks are already said to have begun between the two parties. However, it remains to be seen if an agreement can be reached on the sporting, financial, and personal fronts.

Lodi’s contract in Madrid has a release clause set at €60 million, a fee considered high for the player. Given that the club require departures to pull off the signings they require, one would expect a lower price tag to be attached to the full-back.

The 24-year-old has only started 13 league games for Atletico Madrid and has come off the bench 16 times. In La Liga, he has scored two goals and provided two assists this season. Further, the Brazilian averages 0.5 key passes per game and has created three big chances.

It remains to be seen if the player prefers Champions League action or a lucrative contract in England.

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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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