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Simeone wants Atletico Madrid to sign 26-year-old Bayern Munich defender next summer

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According to Alex Silvestre on El Chiringuito TV, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is already thinking about the next season and for that, he has demanded the return of his former prodigy Lucas Hernandez

Hernandez, 26, signed for Bayern Munich from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019 for a reported €80 million fee, making him one of the most expensive defenders in the sport. In fact, the French defender still remains the most expensive signing in Bundesliga history.

In his three and a half seasons with the Germans, he has established himself as an instrumental component. However, the current campaign has put a dent in his progress due to an adductor problem that he sustained against Barcelona in September.

The 26-year-old, whose ongoing contract with Bayern expires in 2024, remains a lucrative option for Atletico primarily because of the history the two have shared. On top of that, even the player has not shied away from flirting with the idea of a potential return.

Speaking about a future return, the defender had recently said: “If the opportunity arises to return to Atletico Madrid, why not? Atleti is the club that has given me everything and I have always wished them the best.”

“That I am now in Bayern Munich is partly thanks to Atletico. They bet on me since I was a child and gave me everything,” he added.

And now Simeone is said to be keen on a reunion with the 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning defender. Given the fragile state of the Atletico Madrid defence this season, the Argentine has requested the signing of Hernandez in the next summer transfer market.

If everything is on track, Atletico might as well explore the opportunity, but it must be noted that a lot will depend on Bayern’s asking price mostly because the player will still have a year left on his deal.

On top of that, the Rojiblancos’ finances are not in the pinkest of health either. So, while Simeone might be keen on bringing back Hernandez, a move could be difficult to pull off.

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  1. George Mecerod

    October 28, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Do not let Hernandez go by any stretch of means. He is too valuable for Bayern. The back line stays intact and allows to rotate when you have such a busy schedule.He has to be kept at all cost.

  2. George Mecerod

    June 5, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Well it’s happening. Leo Hernandez is on the verge of leaving Bayern. Brazzo was slow in extending the French man’s contract in October and now the shoe is dropping. Shame on Bayern for their poor attention to the clubs lack of focus on the player’s rumbling. David Alba deja Vu. Terrible mismanagement.

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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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