Sat 21 January 2023 | 20:48

Simeone wants to get Depay ‘hooked’ on Atletico’s passion

Atleti’s newest arrival Depay made his debut for the club in a win against Valladolid

Following Memphis Depay’s debut against Real Valladolid, Atletico boss Diego Simeone said that he wants to get Depay “hooked” on the club’s passion.

Depay has joined Atletico following the departure of Joao Felix on loan to Chelsea but Simeone doesn’t see the Dutchman as a pure striker.

"I see him as similar to [Diego] Costa, who wasn't a pure striker. When we put him as a striker, it was because he had the conditions and he wanted to play on the wing,"

he told DAZN.

"Depay has strength, power. You need to work and help us and we need to help you.

"He has played little, and we will give him minutes and training and get him hooked on our passion."



’s debut stole headlines,

Antoine Griezmann

with two assists and a goal, led Atletico to a thunderous victory. The Frenchman spoke to DAZN after the match, talking about his performance and the love he has for the club.

"I know I have a lot of freedom here, having to work defensively. When I can do offensively, it helps me to be happy,"

he told DAZN.

"I'm enjoying myself, I haven't reached my best level yet. I'm getting closer little by little. I really enjoy fighting for this coach and this club.

"It's my home, it's the joy that people give me. All the workers of the club make me very happy; I enjoy it a lot with my team-mates.

"When I do weird or colourful hairstyles, it shows that I am very happy."



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