Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante reveals Chelsea scouted him and he believes the Premier League “is the perfect place for me.”
The Italy international has been through Milan, Palermo and Benfica, but has really found his confidence in Bergamo this season.
“I was told at the end of a youth tournament that there were some Chelsea scouts there to watch me,” the Italian-Canadian told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The Premier League was a dream then and it’s still a dream now, just as I hope it will be a reality in future, although I don’t know when.”
Cristante has been linked with Manchester United, as although Atalanta have an option to make the loan from Benfica permanent for around €4m, they are expected to sell him on immediately at a much higher price.
“So many people tell me: ‘The Premier League is the perfect place for you’ and I agree with them. It’s physical, there’s a lot of tackling and open football. I can really see myself there.”
The 22-year-old certainly made his mark when Atalanta destroyed Everton 3-0 at home and 5-1 at Goodison Park in the Europa League.
“Everything has its right moment. It’s one thing being attracted to a spell abroad when you are 19 years old, such as when I went to Benfica and realised I had to start all over again, but it’s another when you are no longer a kid and have already made your mark.”