Thursday April 1 2021
Zapata: ‘I watched Arsenal’

Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata refuses to rule out a move to the Premier League and denies discussing Milan’s penalty record with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Atalanta are in the race to qualify for the Champions League for the third season in a row and have booked their place in the Coppa Italia Final. Which target would Zapata prefer to reach?

“There are no easy targets. We are all so close in the table, and then we have the Coppa Italia Final against Juventus,” the Colombian striker told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It would be special to win a title and the Coppa Italia would allow us to play the Supercup. Anyway, I don’t want to choose, I want everything.

“Gasperini was crucial, especially in my first months in Bergamo,” he continued.

“I wasn’t scoring many goals, and I struggled to understand the team’s mechanisms. I didn’t know my teammates either, but he trusted me.”

The Colombian was reportedly involved in a verbal spat with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January.

“These things happen on the pitch. Milan fans thought I said something about their penalties, but it wasn’t me. Still, I received so many insults on social media.

“I didn’t even reply to Ibrahimovic. We were winning 3-0 and there was no reason to argue.”

Who is the toughest defender he has faced in Serie A?

“Demiral is tough and fast, then De Vrij.”

Is he still dreaming of a move to the Premier League?

“In football, you never know. I used to watch English football on TV in Colombia. I supported Arsenal and I woke up to watch their games early in the morning.”

Who are the top three strikers in the world right now?

“If I can’t pick Mbappé, then I say Lewandowski, Haaland and…Muriel, he’s just too strong.”