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Official: Real Madrid trio, Atletico forward called up by Spain national team

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After the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, football fans will brace themselves for the first international break of this calendar year later this month.

Spain have already announced their squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro qualifiers against Norway and Scotland, with new manager Luis de la Fuente making some interesting additions.

For Real Madrid, defensive duo Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez have both been selected while Dani Ceballos makes a return to the team, in light of his blistering performances since the turn of the year.

Nacho’s addition will be one of the highlights, especially after having been constantly overlooked by previous manager Luis Enrique.

The defender, who has even been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu, has been in good form of late and can provide cover across the backline.

Alvaro Morata has made the team as well. The former Chelsea star, though, is only the Atleti player to be included in de la Fuente’s squad, with the likes of Koke and Marcos Llorente being the notable omissions.

Marco Asensio, meanwhile, was the most notable absentee from the Real Madrid squad.

Spain will kickstart their UEFA Euro qualifying campaign on Saturday when they take on Norway at La Rosadela, Malaga. One would expect either of these four players to start in this opener, with Morata, in particular, likely to lead La Roja strikeforce.

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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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