Saturday July 6 2019
Atalanta: 'Champions League school'

Atalanta President Antonio Percassi assured Duvan Zapata will stay, as they enter the Champions League. “It’s like going to school.”

It was an historic campaign for the Bergamo boys, who reached the Coppa Italia Final and finished third in Serie A, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

“For us, the Champions League is like going to school,” Percassi told reporters after showing UEFA delegates around the building site that is their stadium.

“They taught us precisely what we need to make the arena fit the Champions League requirements. We are learning to move within a brand new tournament for us and going into an historic season for a club like ours.

“The best part of it all is that we don’t even need to present ourselves. We are not seen as provincial surprises, but as a reality on the football stage.”

This is reflected on the transfer market, where Atalanta have no intention of losing their top stars.

“The best players, and that includes Duvan Zapata, are staying with Atalanta. Luis Muriel was an extraordinary signing and everyone says so. Mario Pasalic wanted to remain and we have an excellent rapport with Chelsea, so were able to reach an agreement without problems to renew the loan.”

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