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Nottingham Forest interested in making Atletico Madrid defender’s loan move permanent



Atletico Madrid star Renan Lodi made a summer move to Nottingham Forest in August 2022 on loan. As the end of his one-year spell away from Civitas Metropolitano nears, however, the club are inclined to decide his future at the earliest.

As it stands, the defender appears closer to leaving than staying at the club. According to reports from Jacque Talbot, he could well continue at the same English side come next June.

Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in signing Lodi on a permanent transfer. However, they are unwilling to cough up the €30 million purchase clause that was included in the loan transaction and wish to negotiate a lower price.

Los Rojiblancos are said to be open to discussing a fee with the English team and negotiations are expected to roll on in the coming weeks.

Lodi is open to staying in the Premier League under Steve Cooper but has ambitions to play in the UEFA Champions League. While he will not be able to participate in the premier competition with Nottingham next season, he would have that chance if he were to return to Spain.

Lodi has been a regular starter for the Reds, featuring in 27 of their 37 Premier League games this campaign. Most of his appearances have come as a starter and he averages over 80 minutes per game.

His output in terms of direct goal contributions has been poor. 27 games into the season, he has only one assist to show and has created just one big chance. Yet, his defensive work rate has been phenomenal at close to ten defensive actions per game.

Diego Simeone has largely depended on Reinildo at left-back this season, and the 29-year-old has superior numbers to show in defence. Needless to say, Lodi would be a surplus if he were to return and an exit thus seems the best way forward.

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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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