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Atletico newcomer lauds Simeone as one of the bests in the world

Wed 28 July 2021 | 8:38

Rodrigo de Paul is looking forward to working with Atletico Madrid under one of the world's top managers.

After a €35 million transfer from

Udinese

, the 27-year-old became one of Atleti's most high-profile acquisitions of the summer. 

The Copa América champion joins Los Rojiblancos as they attempt to defend their

La Liga

crown this term. 

And, after returning to La Liga five years after departing Valencia, he has expressed his joy at working under

Diego Simeone

"It's incredible to have one of the best coaches in the world," de Paul said of Simeone at his unveiling. "It's incredible what he has done in his career.

"I'm going to learn a lot from him and he motivates me a lot.

"We see and feel football similarly. I believe in playing 100%, to compete for the team."

De Paul also discussed Atletico Madrid in general and how he has settled in since joining the club late owing to his great efforts with Argentina at the

Copa América

.

"I

t's a giant club, but the people make it feel like a family," added the midfielder.

"This is my dream, or one of my dreams, to come here and continue growing at this beautiful club."

He continued: "

The group has received me very well. I have tried to adapt well to the dynamic of the team."

After leaving Valencia, De Paul played five years with former club Udinese, where he found the net 33 times from midfield in 177

Serie A

games. 

He has agreed to sign a five-year contract with Atletico, keeping him at the Spanish capital until 2026.

 


source: SportMob