Atlético continues to work to create its squad for next season. The mattress club will not make large expenses, with the great objective of maintaining its structure and spine that has served him to be LaLiga champion, but he does study reinforcements in key positions.
And for the center of the field the big target is Rodrigo de Paul. The Argentine media, who will be in the Copa América, has had a fantastic season at Udinese, where he has scored nine goals and eleven assists in 3,400 minutes. Its value does not stop growing and Transfermarkt it has increased its price to 38 million. And, with his 27 years, it seems that the Argentine is determined to change of scene this summer. This is what emerges from the interview he has carried out in the English medium The Guardian.
De Paul analyzed his short-term future, with the America's Cup just around the corner, but he also talked about the summer market. “I have been very sincere and clear with those who had to be sincere and clear. I have told them what I think and what I want. I am 27 years old. I'm not going to talk about anything else because I respect everyone, especially the Udinese fans who have shown me their affection. “
Simeone would be delighted to have De Paul and the Argentine could fit in perfectly with the rojiblanco team, although the list of clubs interested in his services is long. The midfielder also regretted the change of venue for the Copa América, which will not be played in Argentina. “We hadn't played a Copa América in our country for years and we had the opportunity to experience that. We know the passion with which Argentines live. We knew the stadiums would be bursting with 60,000 or 70,000 people cheering. We saw it in Brazil two years ago, it was as if they were playing with one more man. This year it was our turn, we were going to be even more powerful, but …”. Finally Argentina will have to play in Brazil.
De Paul, who had a brief stint in LaLiga as a Valencia player, also praised Messi. “We have the best captain we could have. I'm not going to talk about his footballing level, because it is out of the question. As a person and guide, Leo is incomparable. Having it, everything is easier ”. Finally, he analyzed his role in the Argentine team and his growth in all sections, also defensively. “People talk about goals and assists, but the other day I was looking for statistics on ball recoveries. I have almost tripled the first year: there were 150, now there are more than 400. What I didn't have then, I have now. The day I stop playing for Argentina it will be because someone is better, not because I don't work.. I like passing passes rather than scoring, and there are times to hit the ground to steal. I have no problem doing that, nor do I want to be on the covers. “