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Valencia to choose between two Atletico Madrid wingers for loan stint



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The need of the hour at Wanda Metropolitano is to clear the wage bill and push for departures. Owing to Financial Fairplay reasons, Atletico Madrid will only be able to sign players if they can clear the deadwood.

Yesterday, it was revealed that Los Rojiblancos had placed Antoine Griezmann on the departure list to make Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing possible. However, that did not go down well with fans.

According to reports relayed by Atleti Universe, Valencia are interested in reinforcing its left-wing position and are looking at options from Simeone’s side.

Los Che are scouting Samuel Lino and Rodrigo Riquelme but will only sign one of the two players. At the moment, talks with the former’s representatives are advanced and Lino now leads the race to join Valencia.

The Brazilian signed for Diego Simeone’s side on 1st July 2022 and is yet to make his debut for the club. However, the manager is not convinced by the player and is willing to sell him even before the commencement of the season.

In 34 Liga Portugal appearances in 2021-22, the 22-year-old scored a whopping 12 goals and provided five assists. Moreover, he averaged over ten defensive actions per game.

Meanwhile, Riquelme returned from his loan spell at Mirandes last month and is currently registered with Atletico Madrid B. In 16 league appearances last season, he scored one goal and failed to record any assists.

It is not surprising that Lino appears as the more appealing option to Valencia. However, Los Rojiblancos‘ decision to sell the player without giving him a chance seems delusional.

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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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