The 27-year-old midfielder stands out for his versatility in the midfield. It comes from Udinese, which will receive 35 million and signs until 2026.
Rodrigo de Paul, one of the essential footballers in Argentina’s success in the Copa Amrica, has signed for Atltico de Madrid until 2026. The 27-year-old midfielder comes from Udinese, where he has stood out as a midfielder or inside left. However, he is not only a bregador, but also stands out for his good shot and for his arrivals in the area. In 177 games in Serie A he added 33 goals and 33 assists.
“I am very happy to be able to work under the orders of Diego Simeone. First because of the kind of coach he is, one of the best. I love football and I live it every day, and being led by a coach of Simeone’s caliber is a privilege “, De Paul assured as soon as his signing was made official.
Almost a decade later, Simeone will be able to direct De Paul, who started his racing career at the beginning of 2012, just a year after Cholo left for Madrid. To close the deal, De Paul has broken his contract in Udine, where he had signed until 2024. According to some sources, Atltico will pay 35 million to the Italians for the operation.
De Paul, captain and figure of the Friuli team, has also established himself in the Albiceleste team, which last Sunday ended in Maracan 28 years without titles. In fact, he has played 29 of the 34 games led by Lionel scaloni, a figure only exceeded by Leandro Paredes, which disputed 33.
During the Copa America, where he only lost the match against Bolivia in the first phase, De Paul stood out for his assistance in the decisive goal of Angel di Mara in the final and 1-0 against Ecuador in Goiana, which paved the way to the semifinals.
The confidence of Scaloni, who used him as a midfielder in his 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 with Guido Rodriguez Y Giovani lo celso, has resulted in the second best unbeaten streak in the entire history of Argentina: 20 games. A figure only surpassed by the selection led by Alfio Basile, between February 1991 and August 1993.
La Liga will not be a strange territory for De Paul, who already made his debut in the 2014-2015 academic year, with just 20 years, in the ranks of Valencia. His performance at the Mestalla was not good, so he returned on loan to Racing, the club of his origins and later transferred to Udinese, which paid for him just under three million euros.
In the Copa America, De Paul shared a dressing room with Ángel Correa, his next teammate in the rojiblanco club, who only started against Bolivia. “Correa is a great support for me. He spoke extremely well of Atltico, of the whole club,” admitted the new mattress reinforcement.