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“They are one of the best clubs in the world” – Axel Witsel talks following his move to Atletico Madrid



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Atletico Madrid announced their first signing of the transfer window on Wednesday in the form of Axel Witsel. The Belgian international signed a short-term deal with Los Rojiblancos that will see him at the club for just one season.

After his move was made official, the midfielder talked to the club about his decision and the factors that pushed him to make the move to Spain.

Witsel first justified his decision to join Atletico Madrid by saying that he considered the club one of the best in the world.

“For me, Atlético is one of the 8 best clubs in Europe, and I wanted to continue playing at a high level after Dortmund, that’s why I decided to come here.”

However, he also added that his international teammate Yannick Carrasco had a big role to play in his decision to join Simeone’s side:

“Carrasco pushed me to come. He told me that I have to come, it’s a top club, with a beautiful city. He told me about it in the selection, with Belgium. But in truth, I didn’t need Yannick to make this decision.”

The Belgian will provide Simeone with some much-needed reinforcement in midfield after the departure of Hector Herrera. With Koke, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Rodrigo de Paul, and Saul Niguez being the only midfield options for next season, a new defensive midfielder was the need of the hour.

Though the Verdiblancos tried hard to sign Boubacar Kamara, the youngster seems set to join Aston Villa. Witsel now arrives as a temporary fix to the crisis until the club can sign another young midfielder in the coming windows.

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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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