Thursday October 8 2020
De Paul wants Atleti move

Udinese playmaker Rodrigo de Paul has revealed he wants a return to La Liga and said he would ‘be happy’ to join Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.

De Paul stayed in Udine beyond the transfer market and continues to impress with the Friuli, but he admits he wants a return to La Liga one day.

“I would like to return to Spain with the experience, the mentality and the name I now have,” De Paul told Marca. “It’s not something that makes me lose sleep, but it helped me a lot to play there.

“La Liga is beautiful, Spanish football is among the best and, if the circumstances and projects are good, I would like to go back.”

Many clubs were reportedly in for the Argentine, who was linked with a move abroad. The 26-year-old arrived from Valencia in July 2016 and admitted he was told about interest from Atletico Madrid.

“I know there was an interest,” De Paul added. “With a coach like Simeone, it draws my attention. I believe they play the dynamic football that I like.

“Every training session seems like an official match for them. In Argentina we grew up with this attitude.

“It’s an extremely big club, a club who fight for important things and, if it happens one day, I would be happy to go there."

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