Saturday August 15 2020
Hateboer ready to leave Atalanta

Hans Hateboer confirms he is looking for a move away from Atalanta this summer, but can’t help thinking ‘how beautiful it would’ve been’ to beat PSG in the Champions League.

La Dea were 1-0 up until the 90th minute in the quarter-final, only to concede twice in stoppages and lose 2-1.

“In the dressing room, just after the game, that’s when the pain was at its worst,” he told Voetbal International.

“Everyone realised just how close we had come. I tried not to think about it in the days that followed, but it’s tough when everyone you meet brings it up.

“It crosses my mind, how beautiful it would’ve been, but I think we can be proud of the season we’ve had regardless. The reception we received in Bergamo was fantastic, as the bond between the fans and the people is so strong, I saw it from the first day in Italy. It’s clear not just after victories, but also defeats.

“With the coronavirus crisis, our Champions League success was an ideal distraction for people, to make them happy.”

Nonetheless, Hateboer confirmed he is looking for a new adventure after two-and-a-half years in Bergamo.

“I think it’d be very interesting for me to experience a different competition. I believe I've probably achieved all I can with Atalanta."

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