Atletico Madrid’s links with Cristiano Ronaldo are baffling for not only sporting reasons but also on the economic front. Further, it is difficult to fathom how a player who defined an era for Real Madrid could comprehend a move to their direct rivals.
There is pessimism around the Portuguese international’s signing in the Atletico offices. However, according to reports from Anton Meana via El Larguero, Jorge Mendes remains optimistic about the speculated transfer.
The super-agent insists that if the problem is economical, it can be tackled by facilitating the departure of some high earners. The names of Antoine Griezmann and Saul have been suggested.
The sales of high-earners would clear up space on the wage bill and enable the club to accommodate Ronaldo’s enormous wages.
The Portuguese international wishes to leave Old Trafford after the club failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. He does not want to miss out on the prestigious event in what could be one of his last seasons at the top level and has approached several clubs to sign him.
PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are just few of the many parties to have rejected the strikers services this window. Further, reports from Guardian have claimed that Erik ten Hag will stick with Anthony Martial as his no. 9 even if Ronaldo returns
Simeone’s side remain one of his final hopes. That too only because of their lack of goal-scoring exploits last season.
Yet, it is diffuse to imagine Los Rojiblancos letting go of a younger star to accommodate the 37 year old. Simeone already has Matheus Cunha as his number 9 and seems to trust the striker for the upcoming season.
Last season, Ronaldo scored 18 goals and provided three assists in 30 league games for Manchester United. While he would be a fantastic signing for Atletico, his age is a limiting factor that cannot be ignored.
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