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Three reasons why Real Madrid have ruled out the signing of French midfield talent

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Aurelien Tchouameni had European giants queueing at his doorstep for the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old is one of the most promising prospects in defensive midfield, making him highly sought after.

For a long time, Real Madrid were said to be in the driver’s seat for the Frenchman’s arrival. With Casemiro ageing, finding a backup option was seen as a priority.

However, things have changed dramatically in the past few weeks. Los Blancos have now ruled out his incorporation, and Fichajes reveal three reasons for Real Madrid’s change of plan.

The first, and the biggest factor is that AS Monaco have increased their asking price for Tchouameni. Though they initially demanded just €50 million, the Ligue 1 side have now raised the figure to €70 million.

This complicates things for Real Madrid, who already need to allocate a lion’s share of their budget and wage limit to Kylian Mbappe and Antonio Rudiger.

The second reason mentioned talks about the emergence of Dani Ceballos. The Spanish player seems set to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu next season and could be vital in covering gaps in midfield.

Finally, the third reason is the arrival of Liverpool onto the scene. Jurgen Klopp’s side look to replace Jordan Henderson and James Milner and see Tchouameni as an ideal option to take their places.

Liverpool are said to propose an economically superior offer to Tchouameni’s camp, making them the front runners in the race now. Moreover, they promise a solid long term project after Klopp’s recent renewal.

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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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