Thursday November 12 2020
De Paul: 'I want Champions League football'

Rodrigo De Paul sends a warning to Udinese, as he would ‘like to play in the Champions League and the World Cup,’ so could move on soon.

The Argentina international had already been close to an exit over the summer with Leeds United in advanced negotiations, but the €40m asking price proved an obstacle.

Now De Paul tells newspaper La Nacion that if he is to leave Udinese, it’s going to be for a club with significantly higher ambitions than Leeds.

“Udine welcomed my wife and I from the first day, we became parents here, the way the local hospital treated my wife and daughter means a lot to me.

“We have the restaurant where we go for Christmas, our places to go for a walk, and the club made me feel important from the start. It helped me reach the Argentina squad and play the Copa America.

“These all make it difficult for me to be as happy elsewhere as I am here. But on the other hand, I like a challenge and want to grow as a player.

“I want to play in the Champions League and at a World Cup. I prepare for that every day, so I don’t know what the future holds.”

In Serie A, De Paul has been linked with Juventus, Inter and Napoli.