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Atlético makes official the signing of De Paul, Argentine sensation in the Copa América


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The Atlético de Madrid announced this Monday the signing of Rodrigo de Paul, who has just been proclaimed champion of the Copa América with Argentina, after reaching an agreement for the transfer with his current club, the Udinese Italian. The midfielder (Sarandí May 24, 1994), signs for the next five seasons and becomes the second reinforcement for Simeone after the Brazilian Marcos Paulo.

«I am very happy, I am going to the champion of the League and I know of the responsibility that this entails. It is a great step in my football career. Also at the time he arrived, after winning the Copa América. That gives me more strength to meet all expectations. I am passionate about football, and also because of my time in Spanish football, I know Atlético very well, not counting all the friends and teammates I have who play in Spain “, De Paul said in statements to the club’s official website .

Who is Rodrigo de Paul? Spanish fans will hear his name a lot because he played two seasons in the League defending the Valencia shirt (between 2014 and 2016), a team he arrived at very young, at 21 years old, and with which he played 44 games. After your stay in Mestalla, the midfielder signed for Udinese, in which he has served five seasons. Undisputed starter in the last three years, the Argentine has been growing in Serie A and this past season he closed it with nine goals and a dozen assists. A figure with which he equaled those signed two seasons ago (2018-19) and which shows the status of a footballer who did not succeed in Valencia, but did in Italy.

Coach of Valencia In the season prior to the arrival of Rodrigo de Paul in Spain, Juan Antonio Pizzi had triggered expectations when the Mestalla team made the announcement of the Argentine’s signing. “Valencia sign one of the players with the greatest projection in the country,” said the coach about a young footballer who could not finish exploding in the League because of his irregularity, a midfielder who was diluted in many games. His time in Italy has changed him and it has evolved not only tactically, but also psychologically because it has found the point of maturity it needed to exploit. At Udinese, where he arrived for three million euros, he has been a fixture in the eleven, which has favored his growth as a footballer.

Followed by Simeone

Rodrigo de Paul had long been in the crosshairs of Simeone, as confirmed by the player himself last summer. «I know there was interest from Atlético de Madrid, with a coach, like Cholo, who draws my attention a lot, “he explained in an interview in which he left the door open for the Madrid team for the future. “It is a very big club, a club to fight for important things and, if one day it happens, I would be happy to go there.” Now his arrival has been made official.

At 27 years old, Rodrigo de Paul has reached maturity as a footballer. The Argentine fits into Simeone’s style because he is a generous player in effort, a back and forth midfielder who also offers goal, vision of the game and good ball handling. At Udinese they have been delighted with the Argentine’s performance this season, as Pierpaolo Marino, the Italian club’s sporting director, acknowledged in recent statements: “He is a star, an all-rounder. His performances are the result of his class, but above all of his work. It is not surprising that Rodrigo became the highest paid player in his club, in which he has become a leader and with whom he has a contract until 2024.

Rodrigo de PauHe is a player who has been evolving in his game because in the Racing de Avellaneda Argentine, who he joined at the age of five, stood out as a midfielder and playing on the wing, but in Italy he has adapted to occupying a more backward position as a midfielder. Playing more focused has allowed him to become a better finisher and improve his records as a scorer and assistant.

From Paul, the desire of Simeone and Atlético de Madrid is already a new rojiblanco player and in the dressing room he will coincide with Ángel Correa, his partner in the recent Copa América 2021. «Correa is a great support for me. He spoke extremely well of Atlético, of the whole club. And above all I am proud to go to a club with a hobby that makes it so great. When rumors started to come out about my arrival at Atlético, the comments and messages of affection that Atléticos sent me were innumerable. I know it is a hobby that is always there, supporting. The fact that they have already shown me so much makes me feel like part of the rojiblanca family and I’m sure it will make my adaptation easier, ”said the new Atlético player on the mattress entity’s website.

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