NEWS
Monday May 20 2019
Carrasco ready for Europe return

Yannick Carrasco has put Serie A clubs on red alert after confirming that he is ready to return to Europe this summer.

Carrasco has spent the past 18 months playing for Chinese club Dalian Yifang, where he is a teammate of former Napoli captain Marek Hamsik.

However, the winger was heavily linked with the likes of Milan and Inter in January, as well as Premier League side Arsenal.

“There was interest from Arsenal and I had a lot of teams in January giving me the chance to go back to Europe, but here the President said it was difficult to go then,” he told the Sun.

“Maybe this summer it is possible. If it is a good thing and I want to go, maybe I can speak with the President.

“I try to do my best because I am a professional for my team, after we can think about a solution.

“If I have a lot of teams who want me but the President decides I have to stay, I cannot do anything.

“All that you want is to be close to your family, and to go back to Europe is a good solution.

“I’m OK here, the club is good with me, the players and fans also are nice with me.

“But you know, when you are far from your family, and I think I can do good things in the European game, I am thinking it’s a solution if I can go back.

“My wife spent the first year with me, but this year she is back in Belgium and she comes for a short stay and then goes back.

“When we play, we go two days before the game, and when you play away you come back the day after the game.

“Four days me being out of the home for one game was very difficult for her, and also she needs to be in Belgium doing work for herself.”

Despite his pleas to be closer to home, the 25-year-old admitted his preference was England.

“All the people know England is one of the best championships in the world, it’s a big competition.

I think I can play in a lot of competitions in the world, I can attack and also I can defend

“The players who play in the Premier League tell me it is a physical league, strong, but you also have a lot of space.

“Sometimes when you play in other countries you do not have a lot of space but in England it is open, the play is up and down the pitch.

“That would suit me. I think I can play in a lot of competitions in the world, I can attack and also I can defend.

“With the national team I play as a winger, but also I can play in behind. England would be a good competition for me. I think I would be OK.

“If I have the opportunity to go to England, why not?”

The Atletico Madrid old boy then refuted suggestions that he had taken a step back in his career by moving to China.

“I don’t think if you play in China you lose your quality. You see Paulinho when he went to Barcelona.

“He stayed a lot of years in China, but he went to Barca and did well, and he played the national team and he did well.

“Now you see Axel Witsel with Dortmund, he stayed for one year in China and he also did very well with Dortmund.

“Why not me? I need to have something. I try to find a solution to be nearer my family?”

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