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Tottenham accept defeat in pursuit of versatile Atletico Madrid star



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As per reports from The Telegraph, Tottenham have accepted defeat in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco and have decided to move on to other targets.

Carrasco returned to Atletico Madrid in January 2020, nearly two years after leaving the club for a stint in the Chinese Super League.

Since coming back, the Belgian international has grown into a vital part of Diego Simeone’s setup, with his versatile nature adding a lot of value.

This versatility and proven pedigree made Carrasco an appealing target for Tottenham as Antonio Conte sought a player who can compete with Emerson Royal at right wing-back while adding depth on the opposite flank as well.

However, despite the Lilywhites’ interest in taking Carrasco away from the Civitas Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid have made it clear that they do not have any intentions of letting the 28-year-old leave this summer, even though the player would have been open to a switch to the Premier League.

It has forced Tottenham to end their pursuit of Carrasco and look at alternative options. Meanwhile, the Belgian international will now sign a new contract with the Colchoneros.

The Belgian international’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2024 and Atleti plan on tying him down to a longer contract.

Across his two stints with Atletico Madrid, Carrasco has made 222 appearances for the club, scoring 37 goals and setting up 39 more. Simeone will need him to be firing on all cylinders if the Rojiblancos are to have a successful campaign this time out.

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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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