Thursday June 13 2019
Castagne: Atalanta my priority

Timothy Castagne has confirmed that he is negotiating a new contract with Atalanta and urged his club to go through with signing Luis Muriel.

Napoli appeared to be pushing towards a deal for Castagne, but the Partenopei have since signed fellow full-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

The Belgian, for his part, is ready to commit himself to the Champions League debutants.

“In Bergamo I feel great, I’ve never hidden that,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Now we’re negotiating a new contract. I’m calm, we’ll see what the signals will be from club officials.

“I think Napoli knocked on my agent’s door, but I don’t know much else about it.

“Serie A’s a very competitive tournament, I like it, but one day I’d like to play in the Premier League.

“As for the offers I’ll receive, I’ll be honest: there’s no shortage of them, but Atalanta are my priority.”

The 23-year-old was then asked about his breakthrough under Gian Piero Gasperini and reports his side could bring in Luis Muriel.

“In training I worked very hard, especially when I was out. The Coach saw that and believed in me,” he continued.

“It’s crucial that he stays. The project is going strong. Last year, especially in attack, we didn’t have a lot of options.

“If Gomez, Ilicic or Zapata got injured, it would’ve been a problem. I’ve also read about Muriel, let’s hope so!

“What a player he is, he’s very good. He can break matches open. Someone like him would be perfect.”

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