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Real Madrid have already signed Atletico Madrid youth team gem – report

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Just hours after reports revealing Real Madrid’s pursuit of Ariel Nkhoge, it appears the Spanish giants have completed the signing of the Atletico Madrid youngster.

This has been reported by Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, who suggests the young center-back will soon join the Real Madrid academy.

Earlier this month, Mario Cortegana had claimed that the Merengues had already signed two prospects from their cross-town rivals. And Nkhoge could become the third Atletico Madrid youngster to join Real Madrid, in what could be the latest violation of the non-aggression pact between the two clubs.

The traditional rivals had set particular boundaries in order to regulate transfers and secure their academies. But they broke their non-aggression pact when Real Madrid decided to sign Jesus Fortea last summer.

A centre-back by trade, Nkhoge is regarded as one of the best talents in the Atleti youth academy. He is capable of operating both as centre-back and a left-back – making him an appealing target for any coach.

Having turned 16 years old in March, the young defender has decided to sign his first professional contract with Real Madrid, the report states.

Nkhoge should help Real Madrid increase their ranks in the youth department, which has already generated a series of top-quality individuals in recent years.

The report goes on to suggest that Real Madrid may target more Atletico Madrid academy players in the coming months. The signing of another youngster is already under the pipeline, as part of the club’s plans to reinforce the youth department.

Overall, Los Blancos may end up signing a total of five or six Atletico Madrid youngsters, which could drastically increase tensions between the two clubs.

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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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