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Real Madrid plotting raid on Atletico academy for 16-year-old defensive prodigy

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Only five points separate Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the La Liga standings. With eight games left to be played, the two teams are in a tussle to finish second. While the two clubs battle it out on the field week after week, they are at all-out war against one another off it as well.

Earlier this season, the Madrid-based clubs threw away the respectful boundaries they had set amidst them to regulate transfers and secure their academies.

The so-called ‘non-aggression pact’ prohibited either team from signing the other’s academy prospects but Real Madrid had other ideas when they brought in Jesus Fortea last summer from Atletico.

Now, according to reports from AS, the men in white have identified their next target. Real Madrid see 16-year-old centre-back Ariel Nkoghe as their next target from La Academia.

The 16-year-old defender is one is Atletico Madrid’s best young prospects. His dynamic profile enables him to play as both a centre-back and a left-back although the former is his primary position. Further, he has also made five appearances with the Spanish national team at the U-16 level.

Last week, it was reported that Real Madrid had completed the signing of two more young stars from La Academia and that they had three others on their radar. Nkoghe appears to be one on the aforementioned list.

The divide between the two Madrid-based sides is now spreading to unbridgeable heights and it remains to be seen as to how the situation evolves. Atletico Madrid are said to be eyeing players from the Fabrica to get even.

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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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