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Official: Real Madrid duo, Atletico forward called up by France national team



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With the first international break of 2023 on the horizon, France national team manager Didier Deschamps has announced his squad for the upcoming set of fixtures, calling up two Real Madrid stars and an Atletico Madrid ace.

France will begin their qualifying campaign for the UEFA Euro 2024 this month with a home game against the Netherlands before facing off against the Republic of Ireland away.

And, Deschamps has named two Real Madrid stars in his 23-man squad for the crucial fixtures, with Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni getting the call-up.

Tchouameni has grown into an integral part of the France setup under Deschamps and was an integral presence in their run-up to the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. So, his inclusion does not come as a major surprise.

Camavinga, meanwhile, has been named on the list as a defender, indicating that Deschamps views the Real Madrid midfielder as a backup left-back, a position that the youngster has played in for both club and country in recent times.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann earns another call-up into the France squad, which is hardly surprising given that he is a major part of Deschamps’ plans.

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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target



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Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.

Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.

However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.

And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.

Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.

The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:

“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.”

Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.

Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.

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