With a host of their young talents jumping ship to Real Madrid academy lately, it appears Atletico Madrid have stepped up their youth recruitment process.
According to Martin Charquero, the Spanish giants could be on the verge of securing the services of Santiago Mourino. The Racing youth prodigy is expected to travel to Madrid this week to complete his medical at the Atleti facilities in the Spanish capital.
A centre-back by trade, Mourino has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since joining Racing last year. During his one-year stint with the club, the player has featured in 31 competitive appearances for the Uruguayan outfit.
Standing at 1.86m, Mourino is known for his defensive solidity and organisation at the back. He is also quite athletic, which goes hand in hand with Atletico Madrid’s style of play under Diego Simeone.
The 21-year-old, therefore, has every chance to succeed at Atletico Madrid. The Spanish giants are actively looking for defensive reinforcements this summer, as part of their plans to double down on their defensive solidity and to replace some of the departing stars.
That means Mourino could instantly become a part of the senior side, thereby giving him a platform to showcase his talents at the highest level of football.
A host of young defensive talents have made their breakthroughs at Atletico Madrid in the past and there’s little reason why Mourino cannot follow suit.
Mourino will not the last bet for Atletico Madrid either, as we brace ourselves for the upcoming summer transfer window. The club are expected to invest in a few more defenders, especially in the fullback area, with Deiver Machado one of the options.
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