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Real Madrid have signed two youth prospects from Atletico Madrid’s academy – report



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According to reports from Sergio Santos, Real Madrid have not left their mission to sign young prospects from Atletico Madrid’s academy after breaking the non-aggression pact earlier in the season.

The Spanish journalist reports that the Merengues have completed the signings of two more young starlets from the Rojiblancos‘ academy and have been working for months to complete the acquisitions.

One of the players is from Atleti’s Cadet A while another is from the Alevin A setup. Both players will wear white from next season.

Both sides maintained a respectful distance from each other’s academies until last season and did not negotiate to steal the other’s prospects through the pact of non-aggression.

However, everything changed earlier this season when Real Madrid made the swoop to lure Jesus Fortea from Atletico Madrid last summer.

La Fabrica and La Academia are now at war, and it shows no sign of stopping. Santos adds that Real Madrid are eyeing five Atletico Madrid talents and the remaining three will be pursued in the coming months.

Los Blancos are specifically targeting prospects under the age of 16, for players who have passed the checkpoint are subject to financial compensation when moving from club to club. Given that the Merengues‘ targets are all less than 16, they manage to complete the signings for free.

It is thus a very worrying situation for Los Rojiblancos. With all their top-drawer talent moving downtown to Santiago Bernabeu, the red-and-white team are looking to counter-attack by targetting La Fabrica prospects.

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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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