Wednesday July 18 2018
Zapata: ‘Samp didn’t try to keep me’

Duvan Zapata explains he moved to Atalanta because Sampdoria “did nothing to hold on to me”.

The striker has joined the Orbici on a two-year loan with an option to buy, but has admitted he initially wanted to stay in Genoa.

“At the start I wasn’t 100 per cent convinced about going to Bergamo,” Zapata reiterated in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“To be clear, I never had any doubts about the value of Atalanta. You only have to look at the results [Gian Piero] Gasperini’s side have attained in the past few years. But my idea was to stay at Samp.

“Then Samp did nothing to hold on to me, so I immediately wed myself to the Atalanta project. President Percassi and Gasperini made me feel important.

“It’s nice to be courted.

“We want to go far in the two cups [the Europa League and Coppa Italia] as well as the league.

“Let’s start by doing well in the league, then we can try to raise the bar as we go. But with regard to the cups the challenge is to try and go as far as possible in the Europa League.

“Atalanta can do it.”

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