Atletico Madrid’s defence has been a constant talking point throughout the season, as always. Not for the right reasons this time around, though. Los Rojiblancos have always been known for their tight back-line, but that has not been the case this time around.
Heading into the summer transfer window, the club are looking to beef up their resources by signing a couple of centre-backs. However, renewing the existing players is equally as important.
Felipe has been one of the mainstays in Atletico’s defence this season, making 22 appearances in La Liga alone. While he has not had a particularly memorable season, his experience is invaluable to the team, especially if they are unable to sign players in the summer.
According to reports from Bruno Andrade, the Brazilian will remain at Atletico for atleast one more season. Contract discussions between the two parties have caught pace in recent weeks, and the new deal will see him at Wanda Metropolitano until June 2023.
Multiple clubs from Brazil have made contact with the centre back over a possible move. Amongst them are Flamengo, Botafogo and Corinthians. However, the player has pushed away those offers for a renewal.
Felipe averages an interception, a tackle, three clearances and three ball recoveries in every game. Moreover, he has scored two goals and provided one assist in the league alone.
The one criticism of the Brazilian at Atletico Madrid has been his regular suspensions. Felipe saw his third red card of the season against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Nevertheless, Simeone has continued to place his faith in the veteran and will continue to do so for next season.
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