Rodrigo de Paul is crazy to start his adventure at Atlético. The 27-year-old Argentine midfielder is the league champion's main reinforcement for the 2021-22 campaign. He signed for the Madrid club for five seasons and is now on vacation after having played and won the Copa América. The Argentine played the final of this tournament at dawn on Sunday July 11 and has three weeks of vacation.
But the midfielder seems willing to shorten his vacation and his idea is to start training on Sunday 25, that is to say a week ahead of schedule. Simeone has hardly had first-team players in these first days of work and the players will gradually be incorporated.
De Paul has already commented to Atlético's sports management that he really wants to start and to assimilate as soon as possible the tactical movements of the whole of Simeone. The rest of the internationals already know what it is to work under Cholo and what the Argentine coach wants from each of them. Not so De Paul, who arrives with the vitola of an important player and in principle with the feeling that he has a place at Atlético.
If De Paul finally starts on the 25th he would have three weeks to work with his new team, a minimum time to catch the movements in the Madrid team. The intention is that he is ready for the league debut against Celta and that from the start of the championship he has a prominent role within the Madrid team. The Argentine player has just become a father, and thanked Miguel Ángel Gil's gesture through social networks by sending a bouquet of red-and-white flowers to celebrate the birth of his son Bautista in style..