Less than six months ago, Diego Simeone gave the ‘yes’ to sign Daniel Wass as Atletico Madrid’s new right-back.
The Spanish international was thought to be an ideal short-term replacement for the departing Kieran Trippier and signed a contract with Los Rojiblancos for a year and a half.
Since his arrival in January, Wass has not enjoyed the best of times in Madrid. He participated in only one La Liga game which was the first game Los Rojiblancos played after his transfer.
His stocks subsequently crashed and he now finds himself excluded from the manager’s plans for next season. As such, he defender looks set to depart the Wanda Metropolitano after six underwhelming months.
The club are willing to part ways with the player and several parties are said to be interested in his services.
According to reports from El Gold Digital (h/t Info Real Sociedad), Real Sociedad are interested in signing Wass this summer.
The Danish international would serve as a reinforcement to the Basque side after Joseba Zaldua’s departure. However, Getafe, too have shown their interest in the player and will compete for his signing.
Even after Zaldua’s departure, Imanol Barrenetxea will be able to count on Andoni Gorosabel to cover at right-back. The 25-year-old played 32 league games for the Basque side last season and provided four assists in the process.
However, the lack of backup options prompts the management to look for a new signing.
With the Spaniard set to leave, Atletico Madrid turn their eyes toward Mallorca’s Pablo Maffeo as their top target to be the new right-back.
While Nahuel Molina and Emerson Royal too were considered legitimate options, the tight financial situation and lack of form, respectively, ruled out their signings.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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